Thursday, March 14, 2013

The U.S.: Most Hated Country on Earth

Meddling! As Fred Reed writes, the United States (followed closely by Israel) is the most hated country in the world because of it. Never mind that the means are violent and results disastrous. Meddling is widely believed "to have been inspired by virtuous motives."

For the record, I don't believe it is inspired by virtuous motives. But, for the sake of argument, so what if it is? Do the ends justify the means? Do we do evil that good may come of it (Romans 3:8)? Do Two Respectable Parties, burqa-liberated women, consumer goods, cable porn and lower golf scores make all the bombing and blockading "worth it" (in Madeline Albright's memorable phrase)?

In what way does U.S. homicidal humanitarianism (H/T: Tom McPherren) differ from garden-variety terrorism? If the 9/11 account is correct, didn't Muslim extremists perpetrate the attacks to advance their version of the Greater Good? That "collateral damage" thing sure looks a lot different staring up the barrel of a gun than down, don't you think?


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