They hate us because we're assholes.
Today I ran into this article on FB that could have been, should have been, fake news. I googled it to see if it was real. I didn't find it in the American press, well, because it isn't Trumpor propaganda.
Half a century after United States B-52 bombers dropped more than 500,000 tonnes of explosives on Cambodia's countryside Washington wants the country to repay a $US500 million ($662 million) war debt.
The demand has prompted expressions of indignation and outrage from Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh.
While sputtering my outrage and trying to decide real or fake, I ran into another piece that expressed my disgust for what I had read better than I ever could. I keep wanting to scream obscenities and call my countrymen and their selfies names.
They hate us because we’re assholes
In China and Iran, two countries that are even more enthusiastic about capital punishment than America, authorities sometimes pursue what’s called a “bullet fee.” Basically they try to bill the family of an executed person for the cost of the execution–plus, who knows, a little extra for overhead and expenses or whatever. Families don’t have to pay the bill, but generally that means they forfeit the right to claim the body and give it some kind of funeral ceremony.
We rightly recoil from something so grotesque. Imagine executing someone, quite possibly on false and/or bullshit (i.e., political) charges, then asking that person’s family to pay for the privilege. Here in America, we may not want to pay to keep you from starving to death, or to allow you to see a doctor if you get sick, but when we execute you–whether formally for your third felony marijuana possession charge, or impromptu if you’re doing something really vile like selling loosies–your family can rest assured, it’s on us. Our pleasure, really.
Well, most of the time, anyway.
But what I’m trying to figure out is whether there’s any difference between collecting a “bullet fee” and, say, this:
Half a century after United States B-52 bombers dropped more than 500,000 tonnes of explosives on Cambodia’s countryside Washington wants the country to repay a $US500 million ($662 million) war debt.
The demand has prompted expressions of indignation and outrage from Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. What a bunch of ingrates.[more]
Just as I was about to burst, I saw Caitlin Johnstone with a picture and a caption worth a thousand words. God I love this woman's writing. Go read this too.
No, idiots, we are not “purists”. We aren’t asking for our leaders to be pure, we are asking for them to not be lying, corrupt, warmongering psychopaths. That’s normal. We are not the weird and unreasonable ones in this picture. The weird and unreasonable ones are the people saying we need to accept leaders who will continue to bolster income and wealth inequality while funneling all new income to the wealthiest of the wealthy, who will force Americans to work two or three jobs to feed their kids while spending trillions bombing other people’s kids in corporatist wars, who refuse to push for the massive environmental policy changes that need to be made in order to avert climate catastrophe because it might inconvenience their billionaire sponsors, who lie, cheat and steal from the American people with the help of their corporate media mouthpieces. That’s not purism, that’s just basic, bare-minimum sanity.