Saturday, May 13, 2006

How Does US Policy Impact Other Cultures?

On first glance, this is a nice wool rug, that appears to be from the middle-east. Well, it is that, but on closer inspection there is more.

This rug came from Afghanistan during the first Gulf War. My husband brought it back to the states.

If you look closely, it is a new design.

There are tanks, warplanes, and machine guns woven into the design.

Before the war, this design was unknown in this part of the world, just a symptom of some of the ways we change the thinking of other cultures when we go to war in their land. This is a very tiny change compared to the gift of democracy we have brought over there, the thousands of deaths, both military, police, and innocent civilians, children, the aged, people who lived in a cruel dictatorship and have come to know an equally cruel American occupation. Is this true, are we bringing democracy or just another version of our corrupt government practice?

In twenty years, will Iraq be a new wonderful culture, ruled by a democratic Iraqi system or a failed state similar to Afghanistan or Somalia? There are signs that recovery can happen. Iraq doesn't have to be a Somalia; it can be a Lebanon, but will it come at the cost of a quarter century of slow progress?

13 Comments:

At 9:11 AM, Blogger Time said...

Hopefully the Iraqi's will figure out a system that works for them.
Having been started and guided by a corrupt American administration does not help and is a bad example. If we want to set up democracies and nation build around the world, we must have better moral and honest leadership.

 
At 11:05 AM, Blogger Renegade Eye said...

There are non sectarian neighborhood defense groups, in Baghdad.

The occupation split people by clan, religion, nationality etc maybe hopelessly.

 
At 12:33 PM, Blogger enigma4ever said...

Great post... I am adding you to the Blogroll this weekend...
( I thought you already were on mine near Bagdad Burning ...hmmm- Blogger strikes again...)..You blog looks great BTW....Happy Mom's Day...thanks for blogging about what matters...

 
At 1:20 PM, Anonymous Doug Hoffman said...

Thanks for stopping by my place, Glenda. You might want to pop back over -- I've done some photoshopping of my own!

It's rough in my area. Our CPS is very weak, and we have a judge who believes children belong with their biological parents no matter what. I had one kid who was MUCH better off with his grandparents, and the court kept sticking him back with his drug-addicted mom. Very depressing.

 
At 1:31 PM, Blogger betmo said...

we can't just go and impose democracy on the rest of the world. democracy is something that people should choose for themselves. the pre-emptive thing has to stop- it is no different than british colonialism. if a nation approaches us for help, then i say help them. if there is genocide occurring- such as in many nations in africa and eastern europe- then we as a global community should come to aid the nation. we don't have the right to just assume that everyone wants democracy. this 'war' on terror will have ramifications on other countries for decades.

 
At 2:29 PM, Blogger glenda said...

I agree, betmo, it is wrong and arrogant for us to continue to act as a colonial power that is entitled to rule others in the way WE see fit. Our sense of entitlement is a weakness that must be stopped.

thanks, enigma4ever!! Happy mother's day to you, too.

 
At 5:10 PM, Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

I've seen Laotian works like that from the Vietnam era. Just depictions of daily life, you know. Reality, and all that...

 
At 12:23 AM, Blogger sumo said...

It's a terrible thing that they weave these symbols in their rugs...they wouldn't have to if our Georgie had left them alone. I remember when Russia invaded Afghanistan...I was outraged for 10 years. I guess they had rugs with the Russian symbols back then. What can men be thinking???

 
At 6:53 AM, Blogger glenda said...

Exactly, why can't we just share music or ballet instead of bullets?

 
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