The state of the union is impressive yet dangerous
US President George W. Bush’s State of the Union message Tuesday was a comprehensive microcosm of all the issues that make the world love and hate America. The impressive aspects of the performance were many, most notably the powerful national commitment to work, and even to fight, for principles that the American people hold dear. The US determination to promote freedom, democracy, and economic dynamism throughout the world is inspiring. People everywhere have no trouble identifying with such noble goals. Bush articulated them with passion and sincerity.
Less impressive is the slightly haughty tone that the president used to
define America’s self-proclaimed global mission to do all the above.
His administration’s continuing confusion between the causes and
consequences of terrorism has led the United States into a situation in
which it risks making the “war on terrorism” a chronic and even
perpetual global dynamic. If the substance of American foreign-policy
goals is admirable and widely shared, the manner of American
foreign-policy implementation is not. This rather jingoistic and
arrogant manner America does what it must do anywhere in the world
was evident in the president’s speech, and is highly objectionable to
most of the rest of the world.
How can we manifest peace on earth if we do not include everyone (all races, all nations, all religions, both sexes) in our vision of Peace?
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