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Another Open Letter To America from a Canadian
To steal a phrase from one of your great modern satirists, here is the awful truth.
You, the people of the United States of America, are desperately ignorant of your own history and for the most part egregiously lacking in the ability to honestly reflect upon yourselves, your government and its corrupt agencies.
This is a grave state of affairs for both yourselves and the world at large. It is currently coming to a head in a war with Iraq that is without precedent or justification.
On a massive scale you are, as the Swiss psychologist Dr. Carl Jung might put it, unconscious of your personal and collective shadows, those secret little pockets of sin within yourselves that you’ve sewn up and concealed in the fabric of your brains. But remaining unconscious of your shadow side makes it no less active in your lives. You are condemned to live out as fate what you refuse to accept in yourselves.
In effect, America, you are at war with yourself. It is a war that may never end.
This war, be it within the field of the psyche or within an earthly geography, will of necessity burst forth into the exterior. Like it or not, that is the nature of the psyche. What ugly truths you can not or will not accept in yourselves and your culture, you will find in others, who will become objects of the blame and rage that represent your neglected parts.
Do you not already see the proliferation of scapegoats and finger-pointing throughout your country?
America, you are living out a dream that is fast becoming a nightmare in the political and social life of your nation. The violence and evil that your president condemns in others are in fact reflections of your own character. Even a cursory analysis of history, or a wee glimpse at the growing degeneracy of American culture, proves the point.
You know the Biblical expression, “You shall know them by their fruits.”
Since the Second World War, the world has seen the fruits of overt and covert American military and industrial intervention in Southeast Asia, Central and South America, the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere. It is one long, sad tale of violence, corruption and lies that has seen democratically elected governments ruined and millions of innocent people killed. But most Americans do not know this or deny it even when confronted by the facts.
It is a case of the shadow rearing its ugly head with no one willing to look in the mirror.
Indeed, America has become a nation of dirty secrets no one wants to talk about, including especially those badly-wrecked beacons of communication The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Check your history. There is a raft of evidence showing that your government, through the Pentagon, the CIA, corporate interests and many other agencies, has over the past 50 years supported terrorism and tyranny throughout the world. Moreover, there is evidence to suggest that your government, through the FBI, your Executive Branch and others, has supported, and is supporting, terrorism and tyranny on American soil.
Consider the FBI’s involvement in the death of innocent women and children at the Branch Davidian complex in Waco, Texas, an atrocity that is now fully documented in a video documentary. Consider the CIA’s collusion with international terrorist cells and drug runners in New York, Florida, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Consider your new, so-called Patriot Act, which is effectively eviscerating the Constitution of the United States even as it protects dubious elements within the pharmaceutical industry from lawsuits.
Today, your president speaks about threats from other nations who may be harboring weapons of mass destruction. Yet it is America who over time has led the planet in the development, manufacture and global distribution of weapons of mass destruction. The plain truth is, the United States of America, through the CIA and business interests represented by the likes of erstwhile corporate executives like Donald Rumsfeld, supported Saddam Hussein through the 1980s, even supplying him with materials related to biological weapons technology.
You, America, played the pivotal role in creating this tyrant of the Middle East, and now you propose a war to bring him back under control through the cowardly, wholesale bombing of five million civilians, including two million children, already suffering on the streets of
Baghdad. Well, many of us in Canada and other countries, including in particular Germany, France and Britain, disregarding the latter’s prime minister, are not buying any of it.
The United States shoulders full responsibility for resolving the Iraq crisis peacefully. You will do well to gather some self awareness and self respect and stop carrying on like a impetuous bully, hell-bent on striking a blow upon a bruise. How much more hypocrisy do you suppose the rest of us on earth will tolerate from you before you are once and for all branded a nation of unregenerate monsters?
Do you, the people of the United States of America, think that your behavior and history have no bearing on the future and health of your individual and collective lives? Do you honestly believe that you will never have to answer for your actions? If you believe so, you are mistaken.
Believe me when I say that there is a God, that there is such a thing as karma, and that in the end justice will prevail.
It is an old cliché but it remains as relevant as ever, “What goes around comes around.” And of course it is a huge tragedy, for there is so much about your country that remains wonderful and admirable. Indeed, you must understand, America, that much of the harsh criticism you receive today from outside your borders comes to you not out of hate but out of love for the greatness you at heart represent.
Can anything immediately be done about your sorry state of affairs? Yes. You can start toward a long-lasting solution by admitting to the root cause of your trouble, which is psychological and by extension spiritual in nature.
Pick up a Bible and start reading. Here you will find a simple bit of advice from an enlightened soul who was himself psychologically aware and in touch with his shadow side.
“Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”
Before you go to war America, you had better think long and hard about these words.
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This story was published on February 10, 2003.