Volume 95, Issue 65

Tuesday, January 29, 2002
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The economics of feeding Afghanistan

Either the U.S. sneezes way too much or...

New record -- letter uses the f-word six times

Either the U.S. sneezes way too much or...

To the Editor:

Ever since the tragic events of Sept. 11, the public has been subjected to a lot more "God bless America" speeches. One question begs asking:

Does the America we know, with one of the highest standards of living around the world, really need more of God's blessing? Does President George W. Bush and his administration think American people are entitled to any more of God's goodwill than, say, people in Afghanistan, the Republic of Congo or Canada?

Are the children of war-torn countries like Zaire or Somalia any less entitled to God's blessings? Is being the biggest military and economic power in the world not enough?

It is about time the United States shares some of God's blessings with the rest of humanity, instead of monopolizing them.

Furthermore, I find the "God bless America" statement highly problematic because it holds connotation that anything the U.S. government does is privileged to God's blessings.

The simple act of ending a public address with "God bless America" does not make U.S. actions appropriate or morally justifiable in God's eyes. I'm not sure what sort of God President Bush calls out to, but He certainly is not the God I know.

The God I know would not approve, nevermind bless, such American foreign policy initiatives as the U.S. trade embargo on Iraq that has managed to cut off basic human resources from millions of starving children, nor the American government succumbing to the pressure of lobbyists that has resulted in blind and unconditional support for Israel.

The only blessing the American government should ask for is to bring a sense of morality into American politics. God Bless everyone.

Tom Podsiadlo

Political Science II

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