Wednesday, November 05, 2008

A Historic Day

A truly historic day. The American people have spoken, and they demand change. And for the first time ever, an African American is elected president.
Not that I have any right to comment much seeing that I'm Malaysian, but I've been pretty sick and tired of how things are headed over here. The economy is collapsing (or some may say, has collapsed), young American men and women are dying in the Middle East, fighting a war they don't necessarily agree with, and in the process of hunting down 'insurgents' kill hundreds of innocents.
Collateral damage, they call it. Maybe it's acceptable for Bush and co. to have a few innocent women and children die in the war against terror, but imagine if you were on the other side of the fence. If you, an innocent farmer, comes home someday to find things left in a crater from a smart-bomb attack that some American had ordered from half a world away, your wife and 8 year old child's bodies buried somewhere in the rubble. Who are we to decide what is 'acceptable collateral damage'? Would the President allow for this if this was a mission on US soil? What if we were talking about his own family?
That's probably one thing I find it difficult to understand. What exactly is acceptable in war? Especially one that was started on the grounds of lies. True, Saddam was a tyrant, but to invade a country claiming to have evidence of weapons of mass destruction, only to reveal that this was all not real. What real benefit have the Iraqi people seen, I wonder? Especially if you were that poor farmer, totaly oblivious and uninvolved in all of this until someone bombed your home?
I can see why some people accuse Bush of having committed war crimes.
In the process, billions of dollars have been spent, billions more are being spent fueling the US war machine and the paranoia that attack is imminent. 'Kill them now or be killed".
While over here the working, middle class American struggles with paying for his mortgage and having foreclosures, not being able to afford his medications, paying exorbitant taxes. It irks me, as a physician, seeing every single day how my patients make a conscious decision to skip a few months' worth of their meds just because they cannot afford it because they are in the 'donut hole'. Every single day I have patients asking me if I have free samples I can give them. I had never seen anything like this before, such a medical tragedy, in my 6 years of practice, until now. And it's not like we're not paying taxes too.
Every year, my taxes cost more than a new Porsche Boxster. Where is all this money going?
Though I am not American, I must say I join the millions who are celebrating over this historic day. You kinda knew this was going to happen; you just pity McCain who had to be the Republican candidate after George W. Bush's catastrophic presidency. As they said on CNN just now, Bush is probably the worse ever US President.
I do catch myself wondering if the Malaysia will someday be matured enough to see past skin color and race and one day allow a person from a minority group to be Prime Minister? Then again, with idiots still considering us 3rd generation Malaysian Chinese as immigrants, I already know the answer to my question, sadly enough.
Only time will tell if Barack Obama will live up to his promises.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vagus,

In one fell stroke, the US is transformed from a nation loathed and despised by all, to one that the whole world now looks upon in total awe and inspiration, and now comfortably looks to for world leadership in a time of chaos.

I am a Malaysian in Australia and love it here, but omg, the US now have such high esteem in my eyes that I think I now want to be an American instead!

3:17 PM  
Blogger pavlova said...

Well, funnily enough some of the pundits are quite confident in Obama.
Not sure if you know of Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show on cable, but he sd something like this: I believe that Obama won't screw up because for the first time in my life, I feel that he is talking to me, straight from the heart. Never in the past, Clinton included have presidents talked to the people in a sense where your senses are in tune.

I'm astounded that for a cynical guy like him, he has such faith in Obama.
Perhaps Obama might not be perfect, but I do believe he will be one of the best presidents in this lifetime.

After watching Sicko by Michael Moore, I must say I was shocked to learn about US' healthcare system.
Insurance companies should be done away, to be honest. Something like UK's National Health Service is a much better model.
I feel for you guys who are caught in medical/social dilemmas like this...
But well, perhaps SOMEDAY America gets there :P

7:18 PM  
Anonymous Alvin said...

I personally do not believe malaysia can be transformed 'overnight'. Look at how many generations it takes for US to be 'transformed'? And if you look at some of the topics they are arguing in Parliment ... all hope for a nation to be 'changed' is gone (at least from my lifetime) ...

12:25 PM  

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