Full of expansionist tendencies, Americans engaged in wars throughout the entire world and became involved in foreign affairs where their participation was unwelcome.
Native American Indians welcomed the Pilgrims with open arms, unaware that increasing numbers of settlers would cost the natives their land and lives.
With all that stolen land, white American bullies needed slaves that ships brought from Africa to work the land.
In a war with Mexico, the western settlers stole Texas. Eventually, large northern portions of Mexico, including California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah were occupied and ruled by Americans.
Due to strong U.S. expansionist sentiment at the end of the 19th century, another conflict broke out between Spain and America. This time the U.S. wanted Spain’s territories of Cuba, Puerto Rico, The Philippines, Guam and the Caroline Islands.
A large part of the 20th century saw widespread hatred and persecution of communists and foreigners with the U.S. engaged in military conflicts in Vietnam in the 1960’s and 70’s.
America’s history of conquests is beginning to resonate with another, more recent, history: that of Israel.
When Israel has thoroughly isolated the remaining Palestinians on small reservations by American bullying tactics, where will they expand next?
Is there any reason to believe that the Israelis won’t continue to use the American model of occupation and rule? What will Israel use as a continuation of “The War on Terrorism”? Israel’s hawks and the Zionists in America want Iran decimated.
What do Israel and America need to consider before further bloodthirsty expansion?
First, they rely on proficiency in weapons manufacture and military tactics. In the past, they have always been one step ahead of the nations and people they were trying to conquer.
With America, it has been the threat of terrorism. With Israel, the bogus need for greater self-defense.
Deciding to take military action by disregarding U.N. disapproval and on ridiculous and unproven grounds, America and Israel qualify as the bullies of our time.
It’s time for America to grow up and let Israel deservedly take the condemnation as the world’s chief bully. What should America do?
Stop invading, bombing and “regime changing” countries that haven’t attacked us or invaded their neighbors.
Quit supporting Israel’s bullying of Palestinians, Lebanon, Gaza and other neighboring countries.
Cease interference in other countries’ domestic elections.
Stop assassinating foreign leaders.
Dismantle our global military empire, withdrawing our troops from other countries and giving up the notion that we should exert military control over the entire world.
Join the international community as one member of the family of nations, rather than as the biggest bully.
Paul J. Balles is a retired American university professor and freelance writer who has lived in the Middle East for many years. He’s a weekly Op-Ed columnist for the GULF DAILY NEWS . Dr. Balles is also Editorial Consultant for Red House Marketing and a regular contributor to Bahrain This Month.