Disgusted at the fact that the racist, homophobic anti-abortion etc shit party got 13% of the votes in Sweden.

Due to privatization, downsizing and tax cuts, poverty has increased, thus crime, panhandling and general malcontentment, which plays into the hands of right wing populist garbage like this.

Muslims are the new jews and parties like these take the opportunity to blame immigration for everything instead of pointing the finger at the real causes of societal problems.

If this keeps up, if shitty parties like these gain real influence, I will seriously consider moving to another country. I don’t want to live somewhere where narrow-minded douchebags get to determine policy.

I was at a bachelor party yesterday (yeah I’m that old, people my age are getting married), drove go-karts, did some paintball, had lots of alcohol.

Gonna be answering some more stuff on bookhorse today to make up for the inactivity, though want to get some Diablo 3 done today as well.

shiek927:

hyungjk:

On September 11th 1973, US-backed General Pinochet overthrew the democratically elected leader of Chile, Salvadore Allende. Pinochet ordered an air strike on the Presidential Palace, labor activists and famous folk guitarists were rounded up for torture, disappeared, and killed.

Pinochet converted the national football stadium into a detention facility like Guantanamo Bay. Chile’s economy was turned into a plantation for the 1%, as inequality and poverty skyrocketed under the imposed Milton Friedman-style economic model.

Over 40,000 Chileans became victims of Pinochet’s terror. In response, the Nixon administration committed more money, more training, more torture equipment.

The world didn’t begin on September 11th, 2001. Rather, for the first time in modern history, Americans were visited by the same violence the US has imposed since its creation.

In Chile, the US murdered tens of thousands and impoverished millions. This wasn’t America’s first foray in international terrorism, nor would it be the last.

The USA has a habit of taking actions that come back to haunt them: putting people, corrupt people, in power when it suits their interests and then disposing when then they are no longer valuable.

I mean, wasn’t Osama Bin Laden and the 9/11 terrorists trained by the CIA or some-such? please correct me if I’m wrong on that one, but it seems that the USA is often terrorized by people that we helped put into power in the first place.

Yes, Bin Laden among others did receive weapons and training to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan.

It’s all a matter of what’s convenient at the time. When domestic policy is about everyone acting in their own interest to amass greater profits for themselves without regard for the suffering of others, why would foreign policy be any different?

The Chile coup d’etat interests me because it shows the limits of “democracy”. Power isn’t derived from putting papers into a box, it’s derived from control over the economy, the military, the media. If those with real power don’t like who you picked, the so-called democracy will be done away with. Same thing happened in Spain during the Civil War, with Franco taking the place of the elected president.

But hey, let’s keep pretending all the military interventions are in the name of democracy, as if anyone in power gives a shit.

In closing, it needs to be stated that the problem with this post is that OP makes it sound like 9/11 was somehow justified, it’s not explicit but it’s implied by the tone. That is definitely not the case; it’s always regular innocent people who end up paying the price for all this shit, no matter the nationality. They’re all victims.

Don’t think of it as we helped put into power, think of it as the government helped put into power, and take a stand against that. You are not your government.