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In the torrent of idiotic commentary unleashed by the killing of Qassem Soleimani, Colin Kaepernick’s deserves a place of honor.

The NFL washout and Nike persona who makes sure the company doesn’t produce any overly patriotic sneakers tweeted, “There is nothing new about American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism.”

For Kaepernick, Soleimani is just another dark-skinned man brutalized by the United States.

The Iranian terror master was, in effect, driving while nonwhite and paid the ultimate price. For all we know, the operator of the MQ-9 Reaper drone that took him out was making a white-supremacy hand signal while unleashing this racist attack.

This interpretation of events takes identity politics to a whole new level, defining the blood-drenched hit man for a terroristic, profoundly anti-Semitic, deeply intolerant theocracy as a victim, based on his skin color alone.

Obviously, no one will mistake Colin Kaepernick for an original thinker; he’s only repeating things he’s read or been told, in a slightly more lurid form. His worldview is disproportionately represented in academia and on the left, which objects to calling Soleimani a monster (hence, Elizabeth Warren’s pathetic backtracking after forthrightly condemning Soleimani in her initial statement).

It is certainly true that racism has had a large hand in U.S. foreign policy through much of our history. We drove Native Americans from their lands, in part based on racial animus.

Thomas Jefferson refused to recognize an independent Haiti after a successful slave revolt, for fear it would fuel insurrections here. The American South coveted lands in Latin America prior to the Civil War, seeking more territory for slavery. After World War I, Woodrow Wilson opposed a racial equality proposal made by Japan at the Paris Peace Conference.

All of this, and more, are stains on our nation’s history, but to consider racism the chief principle of a rapacious U.S. foreign policy is reductive, malicious, dishonest and incredibly stupid.

The fact is, and counter to the left’s typical narrative, racism acted more as a brake on American expansion rather than an accelerant.

Anti-imperialists didn’t want to incorporate more nonwhite people into the United States. This is a reason why we didn’t acquire more territory after the Mexican-American War, and the land we took control of tended to be lightly populated by native Mexicans.

In his study of the aggressively expansionist period at the end of the 19th century, the historian Eric T. Love writes that “race ideas were used most openly, aggressively and effectively by the enemies of imperialism.”

More to the point, the U.S. engaged in titanic struggles in the 20th century against Imperial Germany, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, none of which were brown or black. Enormous resources of blood and treasure were poured into stopping these truly imperialist powers from subjecting foreign peoples to their rule.

The United States opposed European colonialism, and its biggest wars since World War II were fought shoulder to shoulder with Asian people in Korea and Vietnam who didn’t want to be overrun by rival Asians allied with totalitarian powers.

In the more immediate, post-9/11 period, we toppled the Taliban and Saddam Hussein. These were interventions motivated by national interest, but also optimistic and idealistic to a fault.

Viewing these conflicts through a racial prism requires ignoring that the Taliban and Saddam overwhelmingly killed, tortured and repressed other nonwhite people.

The same is obviously true of Qassem Soleimani. He has prodigious amounts of American blood on his hands (of Americans of all races and creeds), but he mainly killed other people in the Middle East — Syrians opposed to Bashar Assad, Iraqis protesting Iranian influence, anyone who got in the way of the Iranian imperial project.

His end is a boon to humanity, which should be obvious to anyone who’s not drunk on ideology or racial obsessions.

Rich Lowry is a syndicated columnist.

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Mr.Johnson

Mr. Martin, I like how you think.

martin

I have been hearing much talk lately about "fake news".

Mr.Johnson

Mr. Martin, please take off your Cap Lock while posting. Truth be told there were many transactions, so no I did not see them all. Are you denying that Obama gave Iran Billions of Dollars in order to seal the Iran Nuclear Deal? Some say oh well most of it was there money anyway. That’s not the point. The point is that these funds are being used to kill Americans.

“ The Obama administration is acknowledging its transfer of $1.7 billion to Iran earlier this year was made entirely in cash, using non-U.S. currency, as Republican critics of the transaction continued to denounce the payments.”

https://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-iran-payment-cash-20160907-snap-story.html

“ Washington (CNN)The Obama administration secretly arranged a plane delivery of $400 million in cash ”

https://www.cnn.com/2016/08/03/politics/us-sends-plane-iran-400-million-cash/index.html

“How Obama Secretly Gave Iran Access To Billions Of Dollars — And Enabled Terrorism”

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/obama-iran-terrorism/

Again, I have no desire to play the blame game.

martin

Mr. Johnson, The big problem is that "people make up their own facts". I will quote You, "Obama gave Iran 150 Billion dollars". I SAY, HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT ???. WERE YOU THERE ? DID YOU SEE THAT TRANSACTION ??

Mr.Johnson

Mr. Hive, yes Trump takes credit for cancer cures and other things. He does tend to exaggerate now and then. In regards to “no missiles hit that aircraft in Iran“, I couldn’t find any reference to him stating that. You and I both know that Iran shot it down.

Looks like you are suggesting that it is Trumps fault that Iran shot down a civilian aircraft. Really? I do not want to get into an argument over who’s fault it was, it serves no purpose. One could just as easily say it was Obama’s fault, after all he gave Iran $150 Billion to purchase weapons of mass destruction. Or we could blame Russia for selling them the missiles. Or we could blame President Carter, the blame list could go on and on. Simple fact is Iran shot it down and they are to blame.

Mr.Johnson

Mr. Martin, as I have stated before...other than Mr. killallthelawersfirst and Mr. Steele, I mostly see people just calling other people names here. I see no posts from Boo, so maybe he is gone or got spanked by Mr. jdinifinity2 as you say. Boo, Mr Packfan, and Mr. jdinifinity2 continually disrespect others opinions. I’m not here to pick sides or cheer for one team or the other. Honest and open dialogue, without personal attacks is my preference.

Hive

@ Johnson, Nike...money talks...only. Sad...

JD may use more vinegar than sugar, and livens these theads, but he is consist and knows a maligering bully - read draft dodging hypocrit when he sees one...

Of course some dodger who are kinda dim do buy Trump's obvious bullroar that he is the responsible for cancer cures and that no missiles hit that aircraft in Iran...as if he knows? Please, Trump was in a bar, he'd be drinking alone...maybe why he no-sips but should. Donald Trump is a disaster "Boy Who Cries Wolf..."

Tell us, if POTUS had not ordered the General "droned," would those passengers still be alive?

martin

Mr. Johnson, just curious, have You ever noticed some of the angry stuff/name calling from boo (packfan) ?

Mr.Johnson

Mr. Hive, Better question might be... Mr. jdinifinity2 what are you doing? Did you read his other post yesterday? I’d have to say Mr. jdinifinity2 is doing a bit more than biting, kicking and scratching. His appears to have threatened the WDN and this forum if he is banned again. Sounds to me as if he is going scorched earth with threats of “more inflammatory, vulgar, distasteful discourse than they have ever seen..”

BTW, I agree with your earlier comment, Kaipernick is a racist and stupid, unfortunately Nike doesn’t see it that way.

Hive

Lemon D, what are you doing? Same crappola you say JD does...JD comes right at us. He may bite, kick and scractch, but is not that better than nothing or chaos, as governance at all levels seems to have become? Lazy political playground bullyingpolitons preying on equally lazy (apathetic) voters

Stepping back does little harm, although it seems ad hominems are preferred as a wake-up alarm.

Not good for lemmings, like us, is it?

I have read your righteous take here and you offer less than JD. So what is your point?

We bittch and moan and no solution is not the way "a Village" endures for long, is it...

political bullroar cannot ever replace non zero sum, "make the other dude, look good, actions.

If otherwise, show us!

jdinfinity2

U forgot your own category ld .

The one for soulless, cretinous, corporate sellouts like you man...

lemon drop

Kapernick actually says many smart things about the injustice of minorities. Lowry says a smart things some of the time with conservative points of view. JD makes idiotic comments all the time. But he just loves calling people out. A lot like give either20 20 hindsight guy or get off my lawn goon.

jdinfinity2

Kapernick is an ignorant idiot, says stupid things time to time. Lowry is worse. He does and says stupid things for a living..

Lemme see. Lowry checklist...

Repeating and regurgitating stuff he was told? Unoriginal ideas? Check. Marginalizing the slave based roots and essential genocide of peoples? Check. Changing such a historical narrative to pathetically and erroneously dodge imperialistic and nationalistic sentiments? Check. (Wow, that's friggin' unreal there). And then going on to say we killed white people too with the Nazis, not just black people? Check. (LOL!)

Wow. U talk about fargin' ignorance?

Lowry is not only is totally oblivious to his own hypocrisies and ignorance, but dodges responsibility for racial based hatreds that fueled our nation's historical narrative. As he did in his last article.

Kap looks good compared to this whacko...

Hive

Kaipernick is just another racist, though black, and we all see it...and his being stupid.

Lowry, is no better.

Trump murdered the Iranian, because he was person of color...?

Please! As stupid this ego-maniac is, that took a backseat to a lot of more obvious reasons. Still, murder is murder and remember, Trumps accused O of doing same as for the likely very same reasons Trump places on O, save Trump lies out of hand, O was circumspect and more honest.

Packfan

O was a wreck of a president.. how many people died because of the 250billion o gave Iran of our tax money, STUPID! Murder is murder? How many people did the babies who are killed in partial birth abortions kill? NONE, but libs murder them, and now want post birth abortions. A lot sicker than Trump killing a murdering terrorist. Get a frikin brain!

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