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To hate America is to hate mankind
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Posted on 07/02/2006 9:13:39 PM PDT by managusta

Kipling's poem The White Man's Burden is often assumed to be about the British Empire, but it was in fact addressed to the United States, then beginning its global ascendancy following the Spanish-American War.

A century later, its lines -"The blame of those ye better, the hate of those ye guard" - seem eerily prophetic. According to our YouGov poll, even many Britons regard America as malign, although they remain fond of individual Americans.

Of course America occasionally deserves criticism. Like every country, it puts its own interests first, sometimes hypocritically. George W. Bush's decision to impose tariffs on imported steel, while preaching commercial liberalisation, is an example.

Ditto the outrageous one-sidedness of the extradition treaty that allows the American authorities to whisk British subjects away without presenting prima facie evidence, but allows no reciprocal action against IRA gunmen in America.

This is, of course, how all superpowers behave. A hundred years ago, it was Britain that resisted supranationalism, and America that constantly demanded international arbitration. But the fact that other nations would do the same if they could get away with it means little to America's critics.

Americans find themselves damned either way. If they remain within their own borders, they are isolationist hicks who are shirking their responsibilities. If they intervene, they are rapacious imperialists.

Indeed, many of their detractors manage to hold these two ideas in their heads simultaneously. Yet a moment's thought should reveal that they are both unfair. In Yugoslavia, America did everything it could to encourage Europe to act.

Only when European passivity was leading to mass slaughter did Washington intervene - benignly and decisively. (Even the most virulent anti-Americans struggle to explain what possible strategic interest there was in Kosovo.) It is a similar story when it comes to Iran.

For a decade, American policy-makers left it to the EU to defuse the nuclear threat from the ayatollahs. Now, with their tactic of constructive engagement in ruins, the Europeans instinctively look to Washington for protection. But you can bet that they will howl with protest if it becomes clear that such protection is best afforded through the deployment of force.

To dislike a country as diverse as America is misanthropic: America, more than any other state, contains the full range of humanity between its coasts. What binds its people together is an ideal encoded in America's DNA.

Conceived in a popular uprising against autocratic government, the United States has a natural sympathy with self-rule, personal freedom and representative government. To this day, it is guided by the Jeffersonian ideal that decisions should be taken as closely as possible to the people they affect.

The EU, of course, is founded on the opposite principle, that of "ever-closer union". No wonder its peoples sometimes resent their more successful cousins.

TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: america; geopolitics; hate; uk; usa
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To: KevinDavis; Vision
vision: agreed.

KD: Perhaps; and they would find much to be concerned about; I'd wager they'd find our battles to be almost as critical as theirs.

41 posted on 07/03/2006 7:10:49 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Rock on, my beautiful America!)
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To: managusta

ping 4 later

42 posted on 07/03/2006 8:21:01 AM PDT by Bob J ( conservative alternative to NPR!)
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To: decal

45 million irish voters.

43 posted on 07/03/2006 11:36:37 AM PDT by Finalapproach29er (Americans need to remember Osama's "strong horse" -"weak horse" analogy. Let's stop acting weak.)
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To: the invisib1e hand
Amen !!! brother.

II Chronicles chapter 7 verse 14.

If my people who are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways , then will I hear from heaven and forgive them and heal their land.
44 posted on 07/04/2006 1:43:35 AM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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The way I see it ( if it's any consolation ) that God uses a mighty power to control human events and stamp out evil evil.

For those who don't believe the Bible here is something to consider and think about.

The Israelites were captured and forced into bondage for their disobedience towards God ( it was prophesied that they will go into Babylonian, and return to the promised land afterwords ).

God used a pagan King ( King Cyrus of Persia ) ( who also was prophesied in the book of Isaiah that whom God would raise up to defeat the Babylonians 200 years before he was born. )
God's divine will and sovereignty directed world events, and God used ( remember he was a pagan King who did not worship the God of Israel ) King Cyrus to deliver the Israelites from the hands of the Babylonians.
Not only did he set them free, but, made a decree that they would be protected and rebuild Jerusalem.
It was by God's will, sovereignty, and providence that the USA came into being.
It is by no accident that America is the greatest country that this world has ever known.
But, America has strayed away from it's Christian roots ( Yes, God ordained this county to be a " Christian Nation " in spite of what the heathens or the ungodly think and we need to repent and turn back to God.
What ever happens, God is using the USA for his purposes and divine will.

Thank God for a country like the USA, that is the most blessed.
Thank God that we live in the USA.
45 posted on 07/04/2006 2:05:26 AM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: Prophet in the wilderness
What America has is a sense of God infusing the natural realm with Himself, that realm responding according to His will, fully available for man to interact with.

God is not just supernatural and far away, He is here and now, and we walk with Him.

This must be the vital source of our Patriotism, the courage that moves men to sacrifice for this land and for the ultimate good of mankind, by promoting Liberty and Justice for all.

God bless America.

46 posted on 07/04/2006 5:47:18 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Rock on, my beautiful America!)
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To: managusta

God Bless the USA.

47 posted on 07/05/2006 4:48:42 AM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation.)
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