On the US Presidential Election

The other day I noticed that a friend is supporting McCain-Palin because she said that if Obama were elected US would lose strength! It is difficult for me to understand why any Iranian would support the Republican candidates. I just read that “Ahmadinejad wants McCain and Palin in the White House”. But he is not just any Iranian; that is the president of IRI we are talking about. I am sure his motives and reasons are very different from a Republican’s.

“US lose its strength”? What strength? The strength to be a bully to the world, and to invade and destroy poor 3rd world countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, kill and rape their people and rub them of their resources? I don’t want that kind of strength. No human being ever should. International acceptance and respect for US and Americans is far lower than it was in Clinton’s era, thanks to President Bush’s wrong foreign policies, invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, arrest, imprisonment and torture of innocent people all over the world including in US under the excuse of anti-terrorism.

I also recently spoke to an Iranian-Canadian in Vancouver who wanted McCain-Palin to win. Her reason? When things are bad for USA, economy and everything else improves for Canadians! She said she remembered how tough things were in the North country in Clinton’s era and how things have improved since. Well, she may have a point but I think she’s being quite selfish and short-sighted. At least she believed that McCain/Palin will be bad for us Americans. But the point is that they will be bad for the world in the long run.

Any way, back to the Facebook incident. I questioned my friend’s logic (or lack thereof). She said that if Obama were elected USA would lose its strength! I responded to her on her Facebook wall and to my surprise she deleted my response without any comment!

Censorship within our own little semi-public social media, namely Facebook wall! We are continuously subject to the censorship of the US media by the conservative right-wing republicans and the influential and powerful pro-Israeli politicians, lobbyist, and bankers. And we’ve seen how the fundamentalist mullahs have choked/drown/cut (in some cases literally) the media and the dissent back home in Iran for years. But this one felt personal. Why would anyone do such a thing? Intolerance? Weakness? Fear? Now I want everyone to read my response. So here is an edited and expanded version of it:

McCain and Palin are warmongers and religious fanatics. Palin thinks that invading was “will of god”! Killing people under the name of god. Sounds familiar? Iraq is in ruins; its people are murdered, raped, made homeless. The Iraqi civilian death toll is approaching 100,000  (www.antiwar.com/casualties).

During the last 8 years US has certainly lost a lot of strength: In Iraq alone, more than 4,000 Americans have died and over 30,000 Americans are wounded  (www.iraqbodycount.org). International acceptance and respect for US and Americans is far lower than it was in Clinton’s era, thanks to President Bush’s wrong foreign policies, invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, kidnapping, arrest, imprisonment and torture of innocent people all over the world including in US under the excuse of anti-terrorism.

The US economy is in crisis, the core of US financial system is falling apart. Now we the taxpayer Americans have to pay $700 B to save the financial corporations that are partly in fault for the mess we are in and save the system from total collapse. People are losing their homes: in California alone there were 100,000 home foreclosures (300,000 nationwide) just in the month of August 2008! Bush and his people wiped out the surplus they inherited and now we have one of the largest deficits ever.

So under the Republican rule USA is far weaker than it was before. If McCain-Palin are elected things are sure to get worse — for the world, especially for the poor and underprivileged, and for the majority of Americans.

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