Obama and the World: The Call to Redistribute, not Arrogate
In light of Barak Obama’s possible victory in tomorrow’s U.S. Presidential election, it brings to mind certain musings about what shape or form the foreign policy in an Obama-led White House would take.
A few pieces of advice come to my Liberal-minded Canadian consciousness: Work on the systemic social and economic roots of Muslim fundamentalism and anti-Americanism, and you will go a long way towards seeing a drastic decline in Muslim terrorism and fundamentalism.
A lot of what is fuelling anti-Americanism in the Muslim world is the flagrant and increasingly blatant socio-economic disparities between the haves and the have-nots. America and her allies, including Canada I must add, are intervening in many of the Muslim countries and are allying ourselves with pro¬Western military, economic and political elites, and partly through our intervention, we are aiding and abetting a process whereby said elites are being allowed to arrogate to themselves vast amounts of wealth and property, often to the exclusion of the already declining middle classes, and even more so in the case of the vast hordes of working class people in the cities and countryside.
Therefore, what the average Muslim person sees and experiences first hand of America and her allies is not ‘One Nation under God with Liberty and Justice for all’ as it is written in the Pledge of Allegiance, but rather, ‘Liberty and Freedom for the wealth creating class, to the exclusion of all others’.
This therefore only goes to fan the flames of Muslim fundamentalism even more, and we end up with more suicide bombings, with ever more violent retaliation by the West. If Barak Obama, or John Mc Cain for that matter is to address these problems head on, then whichever of these men end up occupying the White House will have tackle the issues of poverty, ignorance, lack of running water, hunger, and so on if he is to be successful in the so-called War on Terror.
9-11 was a wake-up call to the fact that American Liberty, and that of our country as well, is predicated upon the perpetuation of squalor in the rest of the world. Canada has been successful because we have stuck to the idea in our Charter of Rights saying that we believe in ‘Liberty and Security of the Person’. In America, the man who wrote the Pledge of Allegiance was a Christian Socialist Church Minister who got kicked out of his ministry for writing those very words of ‘ … and justice for all’, because his white constituents associated it with economic equality for blacks, which they saw as a threat, and some still do.
What is going to happen if blacks, Hispanics, and everyone else’s living conditions improve? This will drive up the cost of labour, which will drive up the cost of goods at Wal-Mart and Zellers. Are we ready to pay that price?
Vast amounts of wealth have already been accumulated by the current elite arrogating the fruits of Mother Earth’s soil, water and air to themselves. I think it is now high time to start redistributing wealth through a more enlightened fiscal and foreign policy, especially in America, where it counts the most.
For let us not forget the words of Christ: ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ May whoever ends up in the White House or 24 Sussex Drive heed these words and act accordingly.