Many important people are upset about the alleged attempt to arrange an assassination of the Saudi ambassador on U.S. soil. Many self-important people are upset, also.
I don't like it either. But I can't quite feel the outrage that infects Hillary Clinton and Bill O'Reilly, for example.
I don't forget our history. I remember the assassination of Orlando Letelier, former Chilean ambassador to the U.S., who was riding in an automobile with his assistant Ronni Moffitt, and the driver, Ronni's husband, Michael Moffitt. The car was blown up as it traveled through Washington D.C.. Letelier & Mrs. Moffitt were killed. Michael Moffitt was injured. The assassination was order by General Pinochet, the dictator of Chile, and our ally.
The American government was properly 'horrified' by this incident and 'condemned' it in the 'strongest possible language.'
But no one wanted to take action against Chile or invoke sanctions. Why? Because Chile was the main player in Operation Condor which consisted of a group of Latin American right-wing dictators who plotted to kill communist and socialist politicians whom they opposed. The United States performed a 'supervisory role' in Operation Condor which is a euphemism for providing money, training, support and a target list.
In recent years the United States has assassinated people in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and Pakistan and continues to do so.
We violate national boundaries and international law on a daily basis. We no longer operate from the moral high ground. America is losing its soul. It makes me sick at heart to say that. But I won't lie to myself about it.
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