Over and Over we hear the same barbs and insults.
“Grow some gonads. F’ the lot of you.”
“Coalition of the Idiots” “Bunch of Bastards”
Perhaps it is time to take a step back and ask ourselves what has happened here?
Why has the world become so polarized? Is it really because of one mans decision to go to war? Is it really because one part of the world thinks one way and another thinks another way?
To use a quote from Cool Hand Luke
What we got here is a failure to communicate
I’ve been trying to think of how best to describe what I’d like to say and frankly, I’m having a really hard time figuring it out…
Why does there seem to be such intense polarization right now? It’s most obvious in the US of course… but even in Canada there are people who vehemently support the stance of the US Administration and the USA in general… and there are others who feel exactly the opposite.
Why? Where did the moderate voice go? Why are we so easily drawn into bitter arguments?
It can’t be Bush himself. He is only one man. Surely one man can’t be responsible for fostering and formenting the vitriol that I see thrown against, and in support of his policies. Is it perhaps the Media? Are we being bombarded by editorial and opinion rather than journalism and fact? I ask you… the kind reader, to try to answer this question.
Why have we become so polarized? Why does it seem to have only happened post-9/11?
Maybe through discussion… through communication, we can figure it out, because the one thing that I think we can all agree on is we didn’t see this coming.
I’m going to just keep adding to this post as I think of things…
One thing I think we should start by stressing is the cooperation between our nations. I’ve often seen comments that say something like “I thought Canada, and France, and our Allies ‘had our backs'”. “I thought they were our friends”. Since it seems the most polarizing issue of all has been the Iraq war, and “war” in general, why don’t we focus on those wars and find out what the “Allies” have done for each over the past 60 years.
- Afghanistan: Immediately after 9/11 sympathy for America was at its’ highest. Consequently, the support for the war in Afghanistan was strong and NATO and the UN have since taken lead roles in stabilising the country
- Somalia: US and UN forces (including Canadian, British, French and many others) intervened and both were basically run out of the country.
- Former Yugoslavia: This was a whole range of conflicts… but for the most part the military action was supported by the Allies and the UN. Canada just recently ended its’ 10+ year stay in Bosnia.
- Gulf War: This was possibly the most dramatic example of unified UN response to a military threat.
- Panama: The US Invasion of Panama was, I believe, officially condemned by the UNSC… yet, our “friendship” and “alliances” were not really affected.
- Vietnam/Cambodia: This is probably the most prominent example of the US “going it alone”. Oddly, at least in todays context, the process actually started when the US came to the aid of the French who controlled IndoChina. The US helping France?? Huh?
- Korea: Another major war. And the first war where a UN force was deployed. It consisted of Commonwealth, French, Thai, even South African forces among others
- The Cold War: Obviously this stands 0ut as the major “war” of the twentieth century… explanations of support given by all Allies is not really required.
So with that list of Wars fought… I ask you. Is one war? The Iraq war… the only one that should be used to measure the alliances of nations?
Support for this war was weak. The US, British and Australian governments are the main