Probably the best example of this is the topsy-turvy world interpretation of the events that led up to 9/11. It goes all the way back to when the Soviets waged a war of conquest on Afghanistan. Of course, when the bad guys are kicking in your door, who ya gonna call? The United States, of course -- and we delivered. We gave billions of dollars' worth of aid and weaponry to the Mujahideen, which they used to drive the Soviets out of their country. Then, a little later on, when the Afghan people were starving, which country was supplying most of their food even though we weren't particularly friendly with their government or their pals Al-Qaeda? That's right, the United States. Sure, we could have pointed to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda and said, "Afghanistan isn't friendly to us, so let them starve," but we didn't do that because we're a compassionate people. Then, the terrorists based in Afghanistan pull off 9/11 and what's the liberal/European reaction? "The chickens have come home to roost" or alternately, some variation of Amos Brown's comments,
"America, America. What did you do--either intentionally or unintentionally--in the world order, in Central America, in Africa where bombs are still blasting? America, what did you do in the global warming conference when you did not embrace the smaller nations? America, what did you do two weeks ago when I stood at the world conference on racism, when you wouldn't show up? Oh, America, what did you do?"
What did America do? America helped Afghanistan drive out the Soviet Union, we fed them; then they repaid the favor by bombing the WTC and Pentagon. After that, instead of walking in there and killing everything that moved, we responded by getting rid of the tyrants that ran their country, giving them billions in aid and installing a democracy which has been defended with the lives of American soldiers. Moreover, this is not an aberration; it's typical of American behavior since the start of the 20th century.
But, instead of thanks, we get grumbling, complaining, and snark not just from people who live in nations that are only free and prosperous because of our help, but from people who've managed to make wonderful lives for themselves in this country.
Yes, we live in a country where celebrities who've become rich and famous sneer at the country that gave them that opportunity, where college professors teach their students that the country that's given them an opportunity to get an education is evil, and where small patriotic gestures like saying the Pledge of Allegiance or wearing a flag pin are considered anathema by many people on the Left.
Well, I can't speak for anyone else, but I'm sick of it. As far as I'm concerned, America, along with capitalism and Christianity has been one of the greatest forces for good the world has seen in centuries. Moreover, Americans have no need to apologize because our ancestors did something we sneer at today in the civilized nation they helped bring about -- because we're prosperous or because some snobbish liberal or foreigner doesn't like us.
Quite frankly, if you think America is a terrible country or isn't an incredible force for good in the world, you're either stupid, ignorant, hoodwinked, blinded, crazy, or liberal, which all too often, turns out to be a combination of all five of those characteristics.
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