Under the Black Flag

Regrettable Regrets

E.M. Forster infamously said that, if he had to betray his country or a friend, he hoped he would betray the former.  He was cheered for it by Oxford swells who had seen their elders slaughtered in the trenches during World War I, and by fellow homosexuals whose proclivities were illegal at the time.  This was sometime in the 30’s.  Reading it, I remember being appalled and saying to myself how typical it was of an effete English poof to denigrate his country.

Well, this is 2016, and I would be doing a Forster if it came down to choosing between the good ole U.S.A. and a friend.  No, I still prefer girls to boys, and still consider myself a patriot, but when the country continually betrays its citizens, we need to call a time-out and have a rethink.  How can one justify allegiance to Uncle Sam when the president of the United States unequivocally states that he will veto any bill that would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible in a U.S. court for any role in the September 11 terrorist attacks?  Add to that outrage the statement by the U.S. secretary of state that such a bill would establish a terrible precedent.  What in heaven’s name is going on here?  Close to 3,000 innocent Americans were murdered by Saudi fanatics who had help from Saudi diplomats inside the United States, yet the top two boys of our government insist it’s a no-no.  Backing the Saudis...

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