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Posted Sep 14, 2010 2:28 UTC (Tue) by felixfix (subscriber, #242)
Like I said, hyperbole just taints any kernel (there! back on topic :-) of truth in your argument. There is plenty wrong, but it pales in comparison to the other oppressive nations around the world. If oppressive governments really do worry you, you ought to present the best argument possible, not the silliest.
Posted Sep 14, 2010 4:59 UTC (Tue) by Trelane (subscriber, #56877)
Posted Sep 14, 2010 10:49 UTC (Tue) by tonyblackwell (subscriber, #43641)
Posted Sep 14, 2010 5:56 UTC (Tue) by bgmarete (subscriber, #47484)
What deepfire said is really a plain fact. One has to have been `educated' in the American system or something very close to it to honestly deny it.
Furthermore, the United States' historical willingness to support or abate mass oppression, both domestic and foreign, is made globally dangerous by its global reach. A typical tinpot dictator can only get hold of so many people.
Posted Sep 14, 2010 10:25 UTC (Tue) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
You might as well blame the UK, half the nasty tinpot states are either ex-UK colonial possessions or the result of bad line-drawing in the departure phase (and we tried to end our empire *neatly*, god only knows what a mess we'd have made if we'd fallen apart unwillingly like most empires do).
Posted Sep 14, 2010 12:34 UTC (Tue) by hppnq (guest, #14462)
We regret ever having given up on New Amsterdam. We may want it back, so we can enforce world peace by requiring our citizens to wear wooden shoes at all times, except indoors. This should drastically reduce the desire to go run around in the desert with heavy artillery.
We will proceed to kindly ask the citizens of New New Amsterdam to spend a certain amount of time per day watching tulips grow, or, if they prefer this, windmills turn. Offenders will be supplied with hallucinatory sedatives. This should suppress even the slightest inclination for going on missions to spread sociopolitical views that will later be found somewhat lacking in substance and coherence, to random foreign nations sitting on large quantities of materials possessing shiny or oily qualities.
We will also require that citizens drop the affected, nasal tone and start getting used to grunting. We feel that the sensation of a properly pronounced 'g' helps improve the quality of our communication by keeping it to a minimum. And frankly, it is getting on our nerves.
Lastly, we would like to stress the importance of a decent paper atlas for looking up places such as "Myanmar" so as to prevent the Google Maps induced class of mistakes that lands unsuspecting citizens in the Mohawk River rather than Amsterdam, Holland.
We recognize that the local powers may not be immediately favourable to our intentions without further encouragement, so as soon as we have hoisted the sails, we will again raid the Medway to get rid of those pesky Britons.
Posted Sep 14, 2010 14:24 UTC (Tue) by michel (subscriber, #10186)
Posted Sep 15, 2010 15:42 UTC (Wed) by Wol (guest, #4433)
Posted Sep 14, 2010 19:56 UTC (Tue) by bgmarete (subscriber, #47484)
Regarding the UK, we in the commonwealth know them well. Let's not start :-)
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