By HDN staff
Likening the United States to a child with a new toy doesnt seem to be a far-off analogy at times, especially when it comes to the recent air campaign against Serbia.
Serbian leadership agreed to NATO demands after months of allied bombing laid waste to the country. For the most part, Serbia put up little resistance while the American-led coalition did its deed and, like a child with a new toy, showed it hodgepodge to the neighborhood kids.
The toy, quite simply, was the American military machine. The kids on the block, NATO, couldnt play without it, as it inspired much awe and confidence. However, when that awe wore off and the job was done, the American child tossed his mighty toy aside in belief that someone else would pick up, now that he was done playing with it.
Undoubtedly, an infantile mentality. By believing the responsibility of our national actions lie everywhere but at our own feet is, it could be argued, the epitome of whats wrong with our society. This time, however, its government-led. As it applies to the issue in Serbia, its much easier to destroy than to rebuild to drop a bomb than pick up a shovel. One is a childish method of conflict resolution, the other is the responsible action of an adult. What sort of government do we have?
Now that were done brutalizing the little kid in the neighborhood, what recourse of action will we take? Help Serbia rebuild and take responsibility for our actions? Or brag about our toys our might while leaving someone else to tidy up?
We hope compassion will be demonstrated.