Opinion: Ugly American? (Part One)
BOOK ALSO WRITTEN BY AN AMERICAN. We came across the story of Sydney Highsmith whom we surmise could be either an ugly American, an average American or a desirable American. The ugly American is the title of a book written alsoby an American and tells stories of American diplomats assigned in various countries of the world.
One is perplexed because when it comes to US interests, other countries are being classified as either terrorists or undesirables.
North Korea or Cuba, for one or even Iran, which is trying to develop its nuclear power is tagged as a terrorist and is subjected to all kinds of strictures so that it cannot developing an atomic bomb. Israel is even threatening to attack it by dropping nuclear-powered bombs on its nuclear facility or facilities. So, what gives?
It’s just like saying that when it comes to US interests and its allies, when other countries do something to ensure, too, its own interests, they are declared as bad elements.
ECONOMIC CONTROL BEGETS POLITICAL SUBJECTION. Of course, when a country such as US allies for one, are controlled economically, they are also controlled politically. Globalization has been a primary method for the control and in this case, we can present as an example, the Philippines, most especially. By controlling its economy through various aspects, which, in this case is globalization, it therefore, also controls its politics, culture, and everything geopolitical. Of course, as always, "economic power begets political power and everything else."
It does not go without saying that one cannot make friends with Americans and US nationals. The idiots always say those who hate the Americans always go to America or love things American. This is a distorted concept because one could make friends with people of the world, but if its government is exploiting one’s country or people, then one could say, he does not like what the US is doing.
In the past, we have had close American friends and we can cite, the writer, Alan Berlow and his wife, their daughter, and our very good friend, Philip Finch married to a Filipina but who we were informed has died. Philip wrote the book "Sugarland" cloak-and-dagger with his wife, Dahlia, a Filipina and we believe they are all grown up now.
GOOD AND BEST FRIENDS. Alan wrote the book, "Dead Season" a non-fiction book which, as many Negrosanons are aware, is one of the best books they have read. Philip Finch turned his experiences in the Philippines and Negros into a fictional book, a novel whose characters are those whom he had met and whose character, he incorporated into his novel. Before he died, he had written close to 20 novels. He was a brilliant man. It was a pity he died, I was informed, of cancer.
We are talking about Sydney Highsmith in another vein after the story of how he had wooed several Filipinas but abandoned them, we had learned. That is why we categorized him as an ugly American. This is because, we feel he does not represent the ordinary American.
Tell you me. But, indeed!*