Beyond Greed

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"A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true."

Anchor for this item  posted February 10, 2003 at 6:09 a.m. MDT

The "Empire Page" guest editorial by Gregory Stephens is titled American Myopia: The View from Abroad and begins, "The course of this nation does not depend on the decisionsof others," declared President Bush in his 2003 State of the Union speech. Such a bald assertion of American arrogance is not surprising, coming from a man whose worldview has been termed "messianic militarism." But this was one of Bush’s biggest applause lines, which I find discouraging. Can we voice a more attractive alternative to this jingoistic patriotism?"
The American's jingoism is not benign. At a time when otherwise sensible legislators are soberly suggesting that passenger aircraft be fitted out with anti-missile defense systems, this sabre rattling has a real effect on the body politic. Like the infamous "go pills", it leaves people with an unfortunate tendency to go off half-cocked.
Is our thinking at the beginning of the new millenium that we must be rash, lest events surpass us?



Human need, not corporate greed ... without justice, there can be no peace. That's the meme stringing these items together.

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