STEPHEN MULHOLLAND’S persistent defence of USA is irritating but to say “never in history can there have been a superpower of such benignity” is ridiculous. He correctly points out that the USA did not colonise “seeking territory and resources and placing locals under their rule”.
Until now perhaps. Colonisation has its disadvantages not the least of which is that you have to obey your own laws. The US took a far less risky and cost effective route by clandestinely supporting the likes of Mobuto, Savimbi, Hussein and the Taliban to achieve the same result without shouldering any blame for the consequent brutalities perpetrated by their protégés.
And 9/11 changed that strategy, which is quite possibly precisely what the masterminds behind that atrocity had in mind and now the US is paying the same price for its illegal occupation of Iraq that the European colonialists paid in recent history.
There’s much to be admired about the American people, and I doubt the majority of them would agree with Mulholland’s eulogy of their morally bankrupt leadership.