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    is the US the most advanced nation?

    asalaamaleikum

    admins, ii may have put this posting in the wrong forum, if this is the case so apologise n move it to where it should be

    hmmmm...we all hear about the United States. Abt how developed it is, how its alwaz in the forefront of any technological advances made, how its the one nation that can bring countries together (so it likes to think)etc etc.

    Personally tho I think the US should look closer to home before it starts to judge other nations or puts forward the theory that "we, the USA haveta b involved in trying to resolve any conflict"....i mean we always hear abt the system of capital punishment that exists in Islamic states or other countries but what abt in the USA?

    This so called modern country still has the death penalty and sees nothing wrong with having someone executed by methods such as electrocution and the gas chamber ...something which we here in Britain banned in the 1960s.

    Looking back on it the number of mistrials there have been can only give cause to the issue that it was the right decision as u can release somene from prision if it turns out someone was wrongly imprisioned but can you bring them back to life? I think not. Sure ppl will argue ok sure, a couple of innocent ppl may have been wrongly executed in the states but what abt the 100s who were guilty of their crimes at least they received their comeuppance. You may well have this opinion when its someone 1000s of miles away from where u r, but what if it was someone you knew, would u still think the same? i somehow doubt it as then this one person is not just a statistic its someone you know...

    This is also a country where people are allowed to legally own firearms, but a country where when there is a catasrophe such as the shootings at schools theres a public outcry. Is there anything done abt the firearms issue? no. A little while later everyone forgets n life goes back to normal for the majority of the population until the next such incident. I realise the american constitution states that you can carry firearms but the time when it was created is slightly different to the situation now. America is now meant to be a very modern county, did you know that(!)

    Its meant to care abt its folk but then the health care system relies on you having medical insurance, if you don't u can't get the best treatment avialible for you. Which i guess taken to its logical conclusion means those who are mainly in need miss out and don't have basic healthcare facilities availible to them becuase they don't have enuff money. Sounds really fair doesn't it?

    So is america that modern? Is it really the most advanced country in the world? hmmm.....i wonder


    also america drive on the wrong side of the room, but i guess that can be overlooked


    allah hafiz


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    #2
    Right now, technologically, militarily, economically and as a power in international politics, US is numero uno. There is no doubt.

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      #3
      yeah n those issues i agree no one can argue the US is the most advanced nation but what abt the other stuff? the things whihc affect the normal person in the street?

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        #4
        I go with ZZ


        dil..dilseee

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          #5
          Salam ppl


          It may sound like an old cliché, but money makes the world go round.
          "paisa paing aur tamasha deikh"
          USA have got money, they control the big loans granted to poor countries like ours, and that way manage to control the politics far away. Just look at the ongoing kashmir thing. Surely this is not the only explanation to the kashmir thing, but money can make you do whatever you want.

          So the reason for being so far ahead is also because they can slow us down.

          Take care
          Allah Hafiz

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            #6
            Dear Ukwali,

            You have raised some interesting points, and each one of your points deserves a separate and lengthy debate. Gun control, Healthcare, welfare policies, etc, are issues that are at the forefront of American public policy debates and dominate media. Your points are very valid that USA should look at home before acting like a Global Policeman and telling other countries what to do, and how to make their internal public policies.

            The other side of the coin will be if USA didn't get involved in global affairs, who will? It may sound corny, but Americans are very "concerned" people. You living in England wouldn't know it, but philanthropic contribution of the Americans to the rest of the world exceeds by 25 folds to what the US govt and the other countries (G7) combined hand out. The operating budget of the Rockefeller foundation is twice as much as the GDP of Pakistan, Ford foundation, Carnegie, Nelson, Soros, Kennedy's, Rosenthal, Friedlander, American Jewish Fund, …… the list will be longer than the Royal Palaces in England, and will put everyone to shame, including the American Government. It is not always the US government that tries to influence public policy abroad, but these charities also. Can you blame them?

            It is also true that some of the Laws in this country are very outdated, but there is always a debate in the public arena and laws are often modified. That is the beauty of this nation, that voters can modify laws (obviously through an electoral process) any time they like. Crime and shooting at places have other reasons in addition to liberal gun control laws. Those reasons are often overlooked. We can debate about those reasons if you like.

            Healthcare does require an overall. If you are familiar with the Social Security act of 1939, you will see the advances in Healthcare that have been achieved since the US involvement in WW2, but there still remains a lot to be desired. Poor people do get treated, and at times get better treatment (Medicare A and B plans) than people with insurance and those who have HMOs (health management orgs. similar to insurance companies). I would say that English healthcare is also very good, but US is equally good, and offers more choices. I agree that it requires to be brought into line with time.

            I don't have a slightest doubt in my mind that USA is the most advanced nation in this world, and offers leadership and sets examples for others to follow. Sadly the world only looks at what is wrong with this nation (CIA, big business, arrogance of some Americans, etc.) but pays little attention to what is good with it. The single most important factor in its greatness lies in the fundamental basis of its existence: liberty and justice for all.

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              #7
              NYA, please do not tell us that US is the most advance nation in humanitarian concerns. The death rate of Iraqi children has increased from 7000 in 89 to 57000 now. Radioactive shells bursting everywhere has deformed new generations theres. After destroying the entire infrastructure there which would make distribution of food impossible, US continues to discontinue any tricle of aid that come in that unfortunate nation syaing that aid is not being distributed.

              Americans have a bloody record. Have installed dictatorships in Africa and Latin America who keep taking loans for their personal reasons from world agencies only so that poor nations pay in the end. But hypocrisy is such that Milosevic who has been charged of 381 documented murders gets bombed and Kissinger who definitely killed more people got Nobel peace prize.

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                #8
                Dear ZZ,

                USA never used radio active warfare in Iraq. More Iraqis are killed by Saddam than by anyone else. Did you know that he built a new city called "Saddamia" and spent billions of dollars on that. He could have spent some of that on his people. You should tell Saddam how to protect his nationals. Going and invading neighbors don't solve problems. In terms of setting up dictatorships in Africa and Latin America, I agree that the US doesn't have a squeaky clean record. But who does? Tell me a country that has made so much progress and contributed more than its fair share to the world. I guess USA's involvement in the 2 world wars is just a little blimp in the sky (as far as the conspiracy theorists are concerned). Tell me a place that has done more for its citizens as well as for the world. I will wait to hear from you. What makes you think that Kissinger was responsible for killing people? Where was that? Vietnam or Middle East?? If US charities are not instrumental in eradicating poverty in some corners of the world, there will be more starvation than one can imagine. I don't hear about European or Asian Charities. Where are those Hong Kong Billionaires? I was reading that Brunei's Royal family has solid gold faucets in their palaces. Wao. I was impressed.

                Please tell us what place is the most advanced nation in your opinion. Don't just bash USA, tell us who you are comparing it with.

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                  #9
                  They use radioactive material in shells, since it is metal and a strong metal. They admit it, but claim that raidioactive content is too little.

                  Formation of Israel is one story. It would not have been possible without US support. Why should middle east pay for the genocide of Jews by Europeans. Another supported nation is Turkey, Saddam was supported before falling from grace, and Shah of Iran also got US support, the Brunei sultans u mention are there on basis of US military. The way Pakistan (Zia was head that time) was supported and thrown away is not distant past. I am getting worried now that US is supporting India now. All current evidence says that US support comes with a heavy price and ignorant Indians are rejoicing.

                  Of course, everyone follows policies with their self interest in mind. But current powers of US make every disobedient state pay heavily in each term. Destruction of Vietnam was nothing. What is left in Serbia or even Kosovo now? The distruction is in tune of 50 billion to 150 billion dollors now. Even lower figure is out of reach of Serbia which is already flooded with Bosnian Serb refugees and now Kosovan serb refugees. IS US going to pay for infrastructure, clean water, electricity, housing, civil services at least in Kosovo, no way.

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                    #10
                    Amazingly this is one of those rare occasions where I am going to agree with the ZZ. Yes the Us is economically and dynamically the best country in the world...if you live in the US. For all other countries it is a pain in the a$$. For every dollar given in charity to the third world five dollars is taken back in debt repayment. US is a competitive animal which looks after it's own interests first and last. Right down to nuking cities full of slanty-eyed foreigners if it wins the argument. And to be fair, it did.

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                      #11
                      It depends what they are advancing in. If u wanna compare corruption & illitracy, then Pak is far ahead & behind respectively.

                      Fata Morgana

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                        #12
                        in regards to Pakistan, can u really make a comparation pakistan is classified as a third world country so illetracy n corruption....well is that really a surprise?

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                          #13
                          I think that

                          "The people who think about others or about un-necessary things & matters are actually making their ownselves suffer".

                          So the best thing is let the world go as it is unless u are a lawyer or a politician, because its in their blood to interfere/disturb peoples' life.

                          [This message has been edited by Najim (edited July 12, 1999).]

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                            #14
                            Dear ZZ, and Dear Mr. Xtreme,

                            All I can say is that USA doesn’t sit around planning all this. If it weren’t for USA, Europeans will be *&^%$# in their pants as Yugoslavia problem was sure to spill over its borders. I am amazed how you are praising Melosovic, that tells the standards you are judging the USA by. Wao. How entertaining! Let me open your eyes by telling you today’s news: Sergay Kroschov (Yes, son of famous Nikita who wanted to nuke the USA 40 years ago!! The same Nikita) became US citizen today. Can you imagine another country in the world taking in the son of its enemy (let alone letting one in). I am sure Saudi Arabia will be delighted to grant son of Saddam citizenship. I am sure India wont think twice before honoring Ayub Khan’s son as an honorary citizen. I am sure Pakistan will be very happy honoring one of Gandhis (of Indira). Just look at your countries and problems before seeing USA through your microscopes. It is just fashionable to talk against USA when you have nothing to show for yourself about your own countries. When things go assbackward in other countries, USA is a very easy target.

                            And yes, USA (marshal Plan) built western Europe, and USA will built the Balkans as well, because others don’t have the “resources” nor the will to do that.

                            Lets see how much India and Pakistan help its poorer neighbors.


                            Dear UKwali.. dont let anyone fool you. USA is the most advanced nation in the world... by any standards!

                            [This message has been edited by kashmirigirl (edited July 12, 1999).]

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                              #15
                              Dear contributers

                              I've been following this topic and judgeing from peoples point of views it seems like USA is THE only country in the whole wide world which is perfect in all ways. But let me tell you something folks. Have you ever heard about Denmark ? Now this ain't a joke, but let me tell you.

                              In this small country in the northern scandinavian:
                              -no person begs on the streets
                              -almost no unemployment
                              -a social security which never lets you feel like ****
                              -nobody go to bed hungry
                              -the lowest crime rate you've ever heard about
                              - free health care services
                              - free education
                              - stable democracy
                              -recognized scientists

                              Being member of the European Union and NATO means that the countrys own military budget is very low, and I cannot see why it has to be otherwise.
                              I really cannot see the reason for choosing USA as the perfect state. Try to go through the above mentioned list. But don't tell me that the problems are larger in larger states, that's no excuse!
                              Try to think about why USA is a superpower and why it always has to play the policeman of the entire world ?
                              The answer is very simple: In the flashpoints around the world, USA will only play its role where it can gain influence and has an interrest, which for all cases is money.

                              Don't get me wrong on this, but I just don't agree.

                              Allah Hafiz

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