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Military personal walk out of the White House as workers build a metal fence reinforced with concrete block on 15th Avenue ( Getty )
Last week, when asked during his daily press briefing about the protests against police violence south of the border, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paused for twenty-one seconds before responding, “We all watch in horror and consternation at what’s going on in the United States.”
But to those familiar with America’s foreign policy, horror was not what came to mind when President Donald Trump threatened to unleash the wrath of the military on Americans demonstrating the death of George Floyd in police custody. Why would we be shocked? For decades, and under various administrations, the US government has eroded civil liberties in foreign lands by supporting murderous dictators, overthrowing elected leaders and waging sordid wars. It’s no surprise that the same viciousness is manifesting at home. Violence begets violence, after all.
While political pundits and netizens make much ado about the looting and vandalism occurring amid the protests against racism and police brutality, it bears mentioning that those acts register as unseemly because Americans are wrecking businesses on American soil. It also bears mentioning that looting and destruction are quintessentially part of America’s foreign policy towards black, brown and poor countries.