Apparently I’m anti-American.
I can’t say I’m particularly surprised. It so happens that whenever I bring up the topic of America’s record on civil liberties (warantless searches, removal of habeas corpus, secret prisons, torture, high imprisonment rates) or foreign policy (thousands of innocents dead from unjustifiable and illegal war in Iraq), the more intelligent readers of this blog have pointed out these are anti-American left-wing views.
So I’m confessing my sins. I hate America, especially their horrid day-time TV shows. I must admit though, that I wasn’t always this passionate in my hatred of America, probably because I lived there for 5 years. Back in the days when I was a John Howard loving teenager, I wrote a few articles supporting the Iraq war and praising the Americans in glowing terms. One example is this Online Opinion piece:
Withdrawing troops by Christmas however, as a Labor government has announced it would do, is a step in the wrong direction. No wonder then, that so many pundits have predicted another major terrorist attack between now and Election Day could tip odds overwhelmingly in favour of the Liberals.
It baffles me that public opinion is still divided on the issue of plans for a future Iraq. Robert Horvath in The Age was absolutely right: for all the criticisms made by anti-war commentators about the decision to go to war in Iraq, these same critics have been either strangely silent or have conveniently played down positives arising from the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Therefore, despite lip service by cynics, Iraq is undoubtedly a golden opportunity to instil a government for the people, by the people.
You can see I was very wise back then, right? I wrote a pro-Iraq war article on Vibewire.net and for the Indian journal Freedom First, and was even asked to appear on the Insight program on SBS as one of the few young people who supported the war (I declined, I wasn’t a citizen at the time and they wanted to interview voters).
Yet ever since that bad man John Humphreys pointed out we should apply the same cost-benefit analysis to foreign policy as we do for domestic policy, I’ve lost my way. I’ve become a naive isolationist. And especially since the obviously un-patriotic/racist/idiot Ron Paul wrote his book, A Foreign Policy of Freedom: Peace, Commerce and Honest Friendship, I regret to inform all of you that I turned to the dark side. I’m so ashamed.
I want to change my ways, I really do. But I’m confused. When I turn to the Cato Institute, the Libertarian Party, the Reason Foundation or numerous other American “libertarian” organisations, they tell me that I’m actually right on track with my blame-America-first policy views. But the enlightened Australian libertarians (who haven’t published any comparable research on foreign policy or civil liberties, but that’s OK – they’re naturally smart) tell me it’s not libertarian to criticise America. So who’s right??
All I’ve ever wanted to be is a good libertarian… please help me!
To prove my comittment to change I’m going to allow every single non-defamatory comment by the libertarianism expert Graeme Bird. No moderation for GMB on this post.