18h UTC; TUESDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER 2013:In opening this particular post, perhaps the following passage from the "reeducation" scene of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four might want to be pondered for insight:
For a moment Winston ignored the dial. He made a violent effort to raise himself into a sitting position, and merely succeeded in wrenching his body painfully.

"But how can you control matter?" he burst out. "You don't even control the climate or the law of gravity. And there are disease, pain, death --"

O'Brien silenced him by a movement of his hand. "We control matter because we control the mind. Reality is inside the skull. You will learn by degrees, Winston. There is nothing that we could not do. Invisibility, levitation -- anything. I could float off this floor like a soap bubble if I wish to. I do not wish to, because the Party does not wish it. You must get rid of those nineteenth-century ideas about the laws of Nature. We make the laws of Nature."

"But you do not! You are not even masters of this planet. What about Eurasia and Eastasia? You have not conquered them yet."

"Unimportant. We shall conquer them when it suits us. And if we did not, what difference would it make? We can shut them out of existence. Oceania is the world."

"But the world itself is only a speck of dust. And man is tiny helpless! How long has he been in existence? For millions of years the earth was uninhabited."

"Nonsense. The earth is as old as we are, no older. How could it be older? Nothing exists except through human consciousness."

"But the rocks are full of the bones of extinct animals -- mammoths and mastodons and enormous reptiles which lived here long before man was ever heard of."

"Have you ever seen those bones, Winston? Of course not. Nineteenth-century biologists invented them. Before man there was nothing. After man, if he could come to an end, there would be nothing. Outside man there is nothing."
In any event: As ever-breaking developments diplomatic over the Syrian situation in the last few hours appear to negate President Obama's desideratum for a Limited Military Response to charges that the Bashir al-Assad regime used chemical weapons against the Syrian people, there continues to emerge, in survey after survey, a consensus that the American People and Nation are getting rather sick and tired of having to be the World's Policeman, running like the proverbial chicken whose head was just cut off after any real or perceived threat to Liberty (never mind Fox News going so far as to use the Biblical End Times context in justifying "sacred war," as it were, to hasten His Second Coming within measurable distance).

Especially considering where, between the two World Wars, the United States essentially took a de facto isolationist agenda to heart, as if implying that any American intervention or involvement in the affairs of others was risking Our National and Sovereign Identity as a Peculiar Among the Nations (the rationale excused in some circles for our rejecting the League of Nations Treaty, which may have only hastened its impotence). Hence, we were content to consider the rise of Fascism/Nazism in Europe, the depravities of Stalin's regime in the then-Soviet Union in the name of Communism and Japan's iron-heeled subjugation of China, Manchuria, Korea, the Dutch East Indies, French Indo-China--nay, much of East Asia--into a Luscious Glory packaged as "Co-Prosperity" and sold under cheap slogans such as "Asia for the Asians!" as problems for their respective countries to best handle on their own, without American intervention.

President Franklin Roosevelt's "Good Neighbour Policy" towards Latin America in the 1930's, which sought cooperation based along trade, tourism and other areas of mutual interest with regimes in the region, while avoiding direct American interference in sovereign and other matters of state, was but one of several attempts at "breaking the ice" of such enforced xenophobic thinking ... yet it took the shock Japanese attack upon Pearl Harbor on the "day of infamy," 7 December 1941, for America to realise that xenophobia was no way for a supposedly civilised sovereign state to act, even if war was excused as the reasoning for rallying round the Allies in the greater battle against Nazism's scourge in Europe and Imperial Japan's "Co-Prosperity" designs.

And aren't we forgetting that it was the United States which took the lead in setting up the United Nations with the San Francisco Conference of 1945, and eventually becoming home to United Nations headquarters? (Which, before United Nations Plaza in New York was finished in 1953, was actually headquartered in Lake Success, NY, with the General Assembly meeting in Flushing Meadow.)

Hence: Shouldn't we otherwise "morally superior" Americans be ashamed of ourselves for continuing to harbor isolationist, nativist, xenophobic even, thought and mindsets under the banner of "Tea Party", "9/12" and "Christian Nationalist" thought insisting that AmeriKKKa is, was and will forever be Lord and Master of the World, the Universe and the 28 Known Galaxies as of Divine Will and Right in these otherwise enlightened times known as the 21st Century and the Third Millennium?


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