posted on Nov, 15 2006 @ 07:17 PM
The reason we are accused of trying to be the worlds policeman, or war mongers, or whatever, is the way we sometimes go about it. We give the
appearance of being bumbling giants causing as many problems as we solve. I love my country, make no mistake, but there are times I wish we'd go
about our affairs in a less, well, clumsy manner.
We support democracy and attempt to export it. Yet we support despots in several countries for the sake of our interests. If we are going to hold
others responsible for behaviour contrary to our stated ideals, we must hold everyone, including ourselves, responsible for behaviour contrary to
those ideals. That means no more support for despots, no more looking the otherway when our socalled allies do wrong.
We fight wars to retain our freedoms, or to free other people who are oppressed. That is a laudable, if unpleasant, thing. I would hope that most
everyone would agree with that. It's when we give the appearance of fighting a war for our own interests that the problems begin.
In short, appearances of doing evil will often outweigh any good actually being done, whether actual evil is being done or not. In the geopolitical
world, appearance far outweighs actual reality.