The following was inspired by the lively debate in the comments here. It is a bit off topic, as diablog is about the good things in life. On the other hand, diablog is about debates too.
Don’t you just hate those Martians, their culture, and their religion?
For example, how they abuse children, those damn pedophiles?
Oh, wait. That’s the catholics, who sexually abused hundreds of thousands of boys and girls. Sorry, I got confused.
Anyway, don’t you hate it, how they keep their young ignorant? Denying evolution, not teaching them about sex and contraception? Causing teen pregnancies, ruining their young life?
Oh, bugger, that’s the Christians all over the world, even in those ‘highly civilized’ countries like the USA, Canada, Ireland, the UK, Spain, France, Portugal.
But it’s the Martian country, where synagogues are vandalized, and Jewish cemeteries are vandalized, and people of different religion are threatened, right?
Sorry, wrong again, that’s the west.
But the Martians discriminate against gay people. And against other religions and cultures. And who insist on having their religious symbols in class rooms and courts, on the currency, in their oath? With religious
indoctrination education, mandatory morning prayer, etc. Right?
Sorry, wrong again, that’s the Christians.
But what I truly hate, is how the Martians go to war against each other, fighting over religion. Bombing and killing each other. Oh wait, that’s Ireland, and the catholics and protestants there. Or Israel and Palestine. Sorry.
But at least we are peaceful, where the Martians are not.
They bomb or invade countries. Like Vietnam, and Grenada, and Iraq, and Yemen, and Pakistan, and Syria… They occupy countries at will, plunder them, kill or enslave the indigenous people, and leave, when there is nothing to gain anymore. It is called imperialism or colonialism or something like that. The Martians often refer to it as the golden age, or the good old times. And today they just send drones killing thousands every year. Mostly innocent people, and a few others, but of course without trial.
The Martians support dictators and extremists, when ever it suits them. They sell weapons, and poisonous gas, and spyware to them, helping dictators to suppress and kill their own people. Or helping extremists to overthrow regimes, the Martians don’t like.
And the Martians have put the whole world under surveillance. Really, they are recording everything from everyone. Phone calls, emails, browser history, location data, everything they can get their dirty hands on. They are spying on everybody, even their own people. And then they are using what they call intelligence to blackmail or ruin people. Or to undermine the UN.
Oh wait, these are not the Martians, these are what Smiles and Phillipa call the civilized Westerners.
But the Martians are so uncivilized. They have the death penalty still. They have more people in jail, than any other nation. And they have secret prisons and torture centers. In their own country and abroad. And they hold people in camps illegally.
And just look how political power is handled by those damn undemocratic Martians. They have a president. And once he is gone, his son comes into power. How uncivilized it that? Oh wait, we have the Bushs, and the Kennedys, and …
It would be quite nice, if all this were the Martians, wouldn’t it? Then we civilized Westerners would be liked and admired all over the world. And we would have a common enemy again, we could bomb the shit out of. Someone we could all hate, instead of contemplating, what is wrong in our society.
Or, just as an example, we could ask, what is happening to all the oil – and related profits – from Libya and Iraq. You know, as Iraq is the 13th largest source of oil, and Libya the 17th largest.
But I guess, we are all too happy about slightly lower gas prices at the pump, to really care about the people in Iraq and Libya.