Re: The One Percent Doctrine.
From: Thomas Wilkinson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2006 2:19 PM
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In case any doubt as to the theological roots of US "democracy" should remain, the fundamental political institutions which shaped US domestic politics are not the "town meeting" but the witch burning and lynching party. The town meeting enjoys a status similar to "Punch and Judy". For the majority of US citizens real politics are decided on the pyre or at the end of a rope. Hence there can be no real surprise at what goes on when US crusaders are sent to protect the faith outside of the Realm.
And if you ask yourself whence this vitriole, I will tell you. We live in a part of the world that has been levelled enough for religious "reasons", not to mention the last two world wars. It is difficult not to become nauseous with the self-satisfaction of a country that has never had to fight a world war on its own ground and has been the only one to use nuclear weapons in combat.
I am sure you will appreciate that this is not meant personally. You are an astute observer and a fluent writer. But I cannot help feeling that the gravity of the situation is underestimated.