26 November 2007

US imperialism has created the worst of all worlds

US imperialism has created the worst of all worlds, says the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury.
clipped from timesonline.co.uk

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has said that the United States wields its power
in a way that is worse than Britain during its imperial heyday.

Rowan Williams claimed that America’s attempt to intervene overseas by
“clearing the decks” with a “quick burst of violent action” had led to “the
worst of all worlds”.

He said the crisis was caused not just by America’s actions but also by its
misguided sense of its own mission. He poured scorn on the “chosen nation
myth of America, meaning that what happens in America is very much at the
heart of God’s purpose for humanity”.
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Olympiada said...

So does he offer an antidote, cure or solution for this then? How can we turn this around?

seev said...

Speaking as an American, yes, how can we turn this around? Very good question. A small step will be taken when Bush leaves office but then who follows him is critical. Change will occur slowly but I think the winds are shifting, not rapidly, but shifting. Still very unstable here though. Future uncertain.

Steve Hayes said...

I followed this up on my other blog, pointing out that the Archbishop's comparison with British imperialism was not all that good. Britain under a Conservative government invaded Zululand in 1879, leaving a Liberal government to sort out the mess.

It is not easy to get the toothpaste back into the tube.

Olympiada said...

I am an American too. Deacon Steve, I will read your other blog, thanks. I subscribe, but don't always read it. I don't even know why you chose the title.

Reggie said...

I tend to agree with the Arch, but I'm also getting tired of the accusations and then, of course we need to probe deeper. Will it really make a difference if Bush is out of office and the DP take over ? It seems to me that financial interests in, what Manuel Castells calls, the Network society, dominate party politics in the world today.. the networks between neo-liberal economics and information and communication technologies

Steve Hayes said...


Yes, it seems that the American presidential candidates who see what's what in Iraq don't stand much chance of being elected. The American electoral process seems to bring stupidity to the fore, regardless of party, though I'm not sure that ours is that much better.


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