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The Peasants of The Forest

Posted by Steve P on 9/14/01 at 17:06 (060359)

Hi everyone.

Yesterday Julie posted a letter from a London newspaper. It was written by a British socialist with none-too-kind words for our country.

Here is my reply to this fine gentleman, inserted into his original text:

ORIG: What is even sadder than America's grief is that four-fifths of the world will not be sharing it.

REPLY: Yeah, but that same 4/5 would love to come here. 'We hate you........now, how can we immigrate? How can we get our green cards? How can we get all our families & relatives over?'

ORIG: From the flooded deltas of Bangladesh,

REPLY: Flooded deltas? And your point is.........?

ORIG: where Kyoto represented a little hope,

REPLY: Hope of what, a world-wide Depression? Could that be why your British Parliament hasn't ratified Kyoto, sir? Could that be why the US Senate killed it 95-0 ? Surely you know that Kyoto has hardly any international backing, apart from a few fringe environmentalists, anarchists, & some idealistic college kids who don't know any better. The party's over.

ORIG: to the slums of Baghdad, where sanctions still kill.

REPLY: Really? So do poison gas, firing squads & torture chambers that Saddam routinely uses against his own people

ORIG: From the peasants of Latin America, whose forests are gone.

REPLY: By Jove, my good man! You've got me on that! Although I've travelled all over the world durung the past 3 decades, visiting 25+ countries on 6 continents, I have never met the 'Peasants of the Forest'! But I'm sure they exist just as you say.

By the way, sir, have you ever been to Latin America? Have you ever been out of England?

ORIG: to the farmers of Bengal or Brazil who are told that patended seeds can only be bought from TransNat Co of New York.

REPLY: ?????? Gee, I guess Patent Law either exists or it doesn't; And your point would be.............?

ORIG: From Gaza to Sangatte, where the camps get more crowded and desperate

REPLY: Now, sir, I know you're smarter than you're letting on! Surely you know that the governments in charge of those areas could have taken care of the problem themselves many years ago. But they have repeatedly refused to allow these camps to be dismantled & the people assimilated. But of course you knew that, now didn't you?

ORIG: It is a world that seems to so many to be cruel, painful and unjust.

REPLY: That's why they all want to come here, where life isn't 'cruel, painful & unjust.'

But just what is the road to national prosperity? In recent years many third world countries have pulled themselves out of poverty. Unless they are oil-rich (only a precious few) the ONLY way ANY COUNTRY has achieved this is by adopting a free market capitalist economy. Communism doesn't work; socialism doesn't work; charity, foreign aid & IMF handouts don't work. Only the free market works. There are no exceptions, never have been & never will be.

So if life is 'cruel, painful, & unjust' maybe these countries should try some political & economic reforms....like for instance: basic freedom, some banking regulation, an honest stock market & a favorable investment climate. In other words, they should become like America!

It's been nice chatting, sir. And give my warmest regards to the Peasants of The Forest.....a very fine group of people I'm sure.

Re: Steve

Julie on 9/15/01 at 02:34 (060422)

I hear the cry of pain in this and your previous response to my post.

I apologize to you for upsetting you, and to anyone else I may have upset or offended by posting it.

Re: Steve

Julie on 9/15/01 at 02:34 (060422)

I hear the cry of pain in this and your previous response to my post.

I apologize to you for upsetting you, and to anyone else I may have upset or offended by posting it.