Benj Teo

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Benj Teo
Posted about 2 years ago
The US must continue to lead the world.
Ehis Odijie: Your list of countries whose regime change has been the result, directly or indirectly, of US interference - is quite credible, though I do not know have full understanding of all the cases mentioned. But if all of them were true, then the US must be the most interventionist country in recent history. And it continues today, what with Hillary Clinton traveling to all parts of the world (including the smallest island countries in the South Pacific) to proclaim US interest and right of influence. Little does US realise that it was the spreading thin by the colonial powers of yesterday that quickly saw to their demise.
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Benj Teo
Posted about 2 years ago
The US must continue to lead the world.
Don Wesley I apologise for having given the impression that your arguments were less than sincere. My whole intention was to persuade the audience contributors and readers alike) not to label and pre-judge any nation or people as "good" or "evil". Because your "good" may be my "evil" and vice versa. I would rather prefer that "less than noble" acts committed by nations towards other countries be condemned for what they are, instead of totally denouncing that nation.
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Benj Teo
Posted about 2 years ago
The US must continue to lead the world.
Let me help you with an example. Suppose China decided to attack Japan because Japan refused to give up some "Chinese" islands illegally given to them by US after the war. So Japan "was free to ask for help" from its ally US. US did not like China and "was free to offer help" to Japan. So WWIII got started. According to you, what else do we need here???
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Benj Teo
Posted about 2 years ago
The US must continue to lead the world.
Lars Mews: 2) Americans, indeed, are not perfect, but you and I agree that as an economy it's very innovative. The country is also capable of re-inventing itself from time to time. However, I should like to add a word of caution here. Remember the esoteric financial instruments invented by Wall Street? Well, they nearly destroyed the entire world economy.
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Benj Teo
Posted about 2 years ago
The US must continue to lead the world.
Lars Mews: 1) American culture is "forward-looking" simply because it does not have the rich cultural history (as in the older cultures) to fall back on. Projecting into the future does not in itself ensure a better culture. One example, the doomsday movies - how do they help humanity think of ways to improve the world?
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Benj Teo
Posted about 2 years ago
The US must continue to lead the world.
Robert Winner: The term I used was meant to be judgmental. In other words, full-blooded or ultra nationalists support their country and its actions, no matter what. You are obviously not such an American. Bravo!.
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Benj Teo
Posted about 2 years ago
The US must continue to lead the world.
Zdenek Smith: Yes, you are right, US in nowhere near bankruptcy. Not yet. So long as it can roll over its loans again and again. Its creditors do not have much choice in transferring the US debts to other debtor nations - that's the only plus for the US budget. For now. But with the US$ fast losing its value, you won't find many nations wishing to hold on to US$ assets (debts included).
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Benj Teo
Posted about 2 years ago
The US must continue to lead the world.
You're a full-blooded American if you support US no matter if it does "good" or "evil" to other countries. Obviously, you're not full-blooded. But please, don't go to your local blood bank for a transfusion. Come to Asia, come to Africa, come the the Middle-East - to get a dose of the local plasma ...
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Benj Teo
Posted about 2 years ago
The US must continue to lead the world.
Don Wesley: Labeling peoples and nations into either "evil" or "good" resolves no issues. What would help more - debate with logic and evidence, not with emotions and taking sides.