: Nov 01, 2016

The fatal expense of American imperialism – The Boston Globe

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A must-read article by one of the most famous professors in the world regarding the reality of American Imperialism.

Jeffrey Sachs, a renowned economist at Columbia, summarizes for us how American Imperialism will be the final nail on the coffin for the Empire, unless and until America scales back its wars, military bases, regime change operations, arms developments, and invasions.

America has close to five thousand military bases, in over 36 countries in the world, and spends (from what we know of public figures – and the reality is much more) a quarter of all federal government outlays on its military.

Sachs argues that such an expense is simply unsustainable, not to mention self-defeating. Never has any American military intervention in the Middle East actually helped the world; rather, it has always involved political backlashes and military quagmires that have worsened any situation exponentially. As well, each invasion has not only cost a fortune, it has caused the US even more financial problems.

Before the Battle of Badr, Utba b. al-Rabia, one of the noblemen of the Quraysh, began racing up and down the ranks of his tribesman on his beautiful camel, trying to knock some sense into them by explaining the futility of going to war with the Muslims. The Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa salaam) remarked, “If there is any good in them, they shall listen to the man on the red camel.”

There are plenty of ‘men on red camels’ in our world – people like Noam Chomsky and John Pilger and Jeffrey Sachs. It would be wise for us to spread their articles and books; and if there is good in these people, may they listen to their men on red camels.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2016/10/30/the-fatal-expense-american-imperialism/teXS2xwA1UJbYd10WJBHHM/story.html?event=event25

The fatal expense of American imperialism – The Boston Globe

The United States is getting the choice between war and peace profoundly wrong, squandering vast sums of money and undermining national security.

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