Of course, the U.S. doesn’t get the credit it deserves. As the left-wing British newspaper The Guardian reported on Nov. 3, “America is now seen as a threat to world peace by its closest neighbours and allies.” That reportedly includes our friends in North America, with “62 percent of Canadians and 57 percent of Mexicans saying the world has become more dangerous because of U.S. policy.”
Ah, but actions speak louder than words.
Canadians know they owe their security to the United States. We’ve protected them for decades, and that’s allowed them to cut their military to the bone. “Canada’s military is lean, even by modern standards, with 60,000 regular troops and 20,000 reserves,” the CBC reported on Oct. 26. Canada’s used the savings to fund a lavish welfare state, including “universal health coverage” (meaning it’s equally bad for everybody).
But if Canadians truly feared the U.S., surely they’d arm themselves to protect themselves from us, and the rest of the world which we’re supposedly making more dangerous. As for Mexicans, forget the polls -- they’re voting with their feet. So many millions of Mexicans have come here in recent decades that Congress voted to build a wall to stop them. Clearly these immigrants are inspired by us, whether or not they’ll admit that to pollsters.
Ferguson notes that the present era is much more peaceful than most of the 20th century was. “Can this state of affairs be relied upon to persist?” he asks. “May we look forward in the 21st century to nothing more than localized disorders as opposed to a new War of the World?”
He seems optimistic, noting (as other authors, including Thomas P.M. Barnett and Gregg Easterbrook, have) that -- even counting Iraq and Afghanistan -- the number of global conflicts is declining.
Expect that positive trend to continue as we make our way through the next 100 years or so, and enjoy a second “American century.”