[quote=“pjdrib”] c) why is this called the “international politics” forum [/quote] I dunno. Might wanna ask Gus or Maoman about that.
[quote=“pjdrib”]I’m not a citizen of the country concerned, can’t vote in it[/quote] This is true, as far as I know. Not a recent development, either.
[quote=“pjdrib”]. . . yet it affects my fellow citizens who were blown up in Bali as part of an anti-western terrorist campaign that my government has involved us in[/quote] Sorry about your loss, but maybe you could take that matter up with your government.
[quote=“pjdrib”]d) maybe I should have asked if domestic issues such as equality of opportunity were actually issues of concern to voters and politicians in the USA![/quote]Nah, we Americans aren’t interested in that sort of thing. Seriously, we like sex, loud, rhythmic music, cheeseburgers, beer, invading Afghanistan and Iraq, some of us like drugs, and we like a lot of other things, but we’re not much interested in equality of opportunity.
[quote=“pjdrib”]d) I think one major issues that non-US persons have at times is the fact that we are sometimes directly affected by internal political decisions in the USA but have no way of inlfuencing these decisions. I can’t, as a friend did, join the GOP to vote against a former President.[/quote]Again, no, as far as I know, you can’t vote in our elections. So as for being affected by the USA’s decisions, that would seem to be something to take up with your own government. Maybe you and your countrymen could persuade your government to distance itself from my government. In fact, it seems to me that if enough of your countrymen exerted enough pressure on your government, then it’s possible your government could break off relations with the U.S.
[quote=“pjdrib”]e) I think I can comment on another nation’s politics - can’t interfere as I’m not a citizen.[/quote] I couldn’t agree with you more. Comment away. In fact, it’s okay with me if you interfere. I just hope you wouldn’t do anything to cause yourself any legal problems.
[quote=“pjdrib”]f) Have you ever said casually “the authorities in Palestine/Rwanda/Haiti/Sudan/Afghanistan/China/ROC/ shouldn’t/should do xxxx?”[/quote] Sure have.
Hope this helps.