Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Albert Lo "If nothing else, at least Trump understands the folly of ‘empire’ ". 25 July

DRAFT LETTER TO SCMP:
Like all good lefties Alex Lo loves to hate America (If nothing else, at least Trump understands the folly of 'empire'25 July)**
This time Lo picks up on yet another unhinged riff by wannabe president Donald Trump to criticize America's "imperialism, hegemony and interventionism".  
Cue the usual litany from Vietnam to Iraq, via Palestine and South America. 
But America is neither imperialist nor hegemon. 
Lo must recall that America had to be dragged into both world wars. In both its contribution was critical to our victory against fascism. The world would be a worse place had America not "intervened" on our side. 
Then there's American interventions since that have been successful and life-saving: from Laos to Kosovo, to ending the Cold War and beyond. Not forgetting the post war Marshall Plan, the WTO, and America's charity: it's always the major donor in global disasters, like the Boxing Day Asian tsunami of 2004. (Help that was never acknowledged by Indonesia, by the way). 
And that still leaves aside the myriad other US contributions to humankind:  from first air flights to first moon landings. From television,  computers, Internet, GPS, and smartphones to Google and the human genome.  Without the country that Lo & co view as so horrid we would have none of these. And be immeasurably poorer for it. 
America can be summarized in one word: Freedom. What would be the one word to summarize Russia or China?