Dangerous America

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 April, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 April, 2002, 12:00am

I refer to the letter by John Jones headlined 'Utopian view of the world is an unattainable dream' (South China Morning Post, April 8), replying to my letter of March 26.

I am sure Mr Jones has the best of intentions. However, what he offers is an attainable nightmare, namely, that one country (America) should have the right to put the world in order because of its 'preponderance of military power unparalleled in history'. Therein exactly lies the danger. To quote Mr Jones, 'human nature being what it is'.

Yes, the United Nations has failed miserably and that is partly, if not largely, because of American non-compliance whether in arms proliferation, the ban on landmines, or environmental improvement. It has even failed to pay its membership fees or fulfil promises of aid to poorer countries devastated by economic colonialism.

As to terrorism, no country has contributed more to terrorism than America worldwide from World War II.

Come on, Mr Jones, face the facts of the past 50 years. What kind of peace can grow from allowing one country to keep a 'preponderance of military' weapons? That is why the British lost their empire. And that is why there have been, to quote Mr Jones, 180 wars in the past half century.

Nearly a century ago, US President Theodore Roosevelt said, 'I should welcome any war, for I think this country needs one.' Subsequent presidents have continued this tradition. It helps the American economy and it keeps the people patriotic. It does nothing for world peace.


Kwun Tong