Paul Anthony » March 31st, 2017, 7:21 pm wrote:Athena » Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:41 pm wrote:
True what I can find in is not today's news, but just about everything has a history.
History is written from the perspective of those who won. It may be more accurate than the current news, but it is not always the whole truth. :-)
Nothing is the whole truth. However, people in the US might want to understand what oil has to do with our economy and therefore what it has to do with economic swings and our military actions, before voting for someone who sucks money out of defending our people from disease and ignorance and increases our debt for military spending. We need a much better understanding of where our resources come from and what we will happen if we can not access them, and a better understanding of banking and what controls the value of the dollar. Our Declaration of Independence can also be called a Declaration of Responsibility and our education for technology is producing our children to be products for industry but it is not preparing them to be citizens of a democracy.
How many people know Baghdad is the historical doorway between east and west and Germany's attempt to build a railroad to Baghdad was one of the reasons for the first and second world wars. So yes, when the US invaded Iraq it was about more than oil. As the Germany we defeated, we have slashed domestic budgets and built our military power, to be used for defending our economic interest globally. This was not always the defining feature of the US. Actually, we fought a Revolution to avoid being taxed for such military spending and had a very weak military force at the start of the second world war. We can take this to a discussion of Sparta and Athens and the political ramifications- but I don't the science community is prepared for that discussion.
My point is without knowing history, we are poorly prepared to be citizens of a powerful democracy.