Volume 95, Issue 71

Thursday, February 7, 2002
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Golly gee Dr. Mike, thanks for everything

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Golly gee Dr. Mike, thanks for everything

Re: "Yank interests," Feb. 1

To the Editor:

I'm not exactly sure where Graeme Lottering has been for the last millennium, but I can tell you with certainty that the world I live in isn't and hasn't been the utopia that he'd have us believe, where America acts as the lowly serpent that gets us all forever banished from the Garden of Eden.

First of all, let me introduce you to one Mr. Kohlberg. His theory of Moral Reasoning states that very few people ever reach the stage of decision-making where universal ethical principles can transcend the laws of a society (thanks Dr. Mike).

I believe some of the more notable to have reached this sixth stage to be Mother Theresa and Gandhi – very select company. So do you honestly expect the elected government of a country of over 300 million people to have a foreign policy based entirely on universal ethical principals and altruistic motives?

Should they also make Barney and Polkaroo the ambassadors to India and Pakistan? And I'm supposed to believe that the United States is the only country to have a foreign policy that benefits its own interests?

Look at Russia after WWII – did they return control of the countries that they "liberated" to their former governments like the Americans did? Nope.

Or did the Taliban worry about who al-Qaida might harm when they allowed Osama bin Laden to stay as a "guest" of their government, where he would have free reign to set up more of his terrorist training camps?

Sorry, but I'm not buying it.

Unlike Lottering's utopian world, there are still many communists, democrats, Muslims, Christians and others living in mine who are not yet able to see beyond their own views of the world and base their decisions from Kohlberg's highest stage of moral reasoning.

The Americans aren't the serpent of Eden and they certainly aren't the God that created it, so don't expect them to work a miracle and finally allow everyone to see past their differences and unite in a common cause.

Brad Kelly

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