Saturday, March 01, 2008

Template for Declaring an International Enemy

Whomever succeeds to the U.S. presidency this year, may be in need of a new international enemy sometime during their tenure. If so, the following boilerplate enemy declaration should fill the bill.


The (name of your enemy) are certainly the most implacable and the most dangerous enemies of the (name of your country) nation. Their form of government, their religion, their jealousy of our power, as well as their prosecutions of commerce, and pursuits of universal (name your conspiracy), will fix them in their animosities and aversions towards us, and make them catch at all opportunities of subverting our constitution, destroying our religion, ruining our trade, and sinking the figure which we make among the nations of (name your geolocation).
This was written by Joseph Addison in a 1707 essay and still works today. Originally, he was making the English case against the French.


The French are certainly the most implacable and the most dangerous enemies of the British nation. Their form of government, their religion, their jealousy of our power, as well as their prosecutions of commerce, and pursuits of universal monarchhy, will fix them in their animosities and aversions towards us, and make them catch at all opportunities of subverting our constitution, destroying our religion, ruining our trade, and sinking the figure which we make among the nations of Europe.
France was an evil empire bent on global domination and could not be trusted. Spies and secret agents were used by the French to subvert England in a long range compiracy to sabotage the British economy and sap their reputation in Europe. In 1689, England drafted William of Orange as their king and thereafter were cought in a series of wars with France lasting many years, costing much blood and treasure. The American Revolution was a part of the French-English global wars.




Source:
"God and Gold - Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World"
by Walter Russell Mead
You Tube, Mead speaks at UC Berkeley




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4 comments:

Gayle said...

And so it goes, Indigo. Nothing really changes in this world other than locations and technology, but this old world somehow keeps turning just the same. Sometimes I wonder if it laughs at us!

Indigo Red said...

I'm sure it does, Gayle. If you sit back for awhile and just watch what we do, it's really quite amusing.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

You certainly are a repository for conventional and unconventional knowledge.

I learned something new.

Indigo Red said...

Thanks, Word. I learned something new, too.