The opposite notion

The Gaza crisis and shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine should at least stop loose talk of the community. There is no such thing, and if there were, it wouldn be on the side of the West.

In Gaza, Hamas won accept a ceasefire and wants all the Jews dead. Israel is desperate for peace and tries to avoid civilian casualties. Hamas tries to cause them, on its own side as well as in Israel, deliberately firing rockets from near hospitals, schools and homes. And when it succeeds the community condemns Israel and the UN snarls about investigating it for war crimes. now says Russian artillery is firing across the border, Russian backed rebels shoot down a passenger liner, Russia state controlled media peddle conspiracy theories about the CIA preloading the plane with corpses and Vladimir Putin hits new heights of popularity.

No one should be surprised by any of this. But many people need to be Viagra Generic Australia enlightened by it.

The West has not played a dominant role in world affairs for 500 years because people admire our way of life. They envy its results, the prosperity, military prowess and cultural confidence. But envy is negative and destructive, and the staple of political movements in the World, and Russia, has been anti Western for hundreds of years. They just haven been strong enough to take us down.

The opposite notion, that we are moral superpowers, the conscience of mankind, that we are the world, appeals to politicians possessed of a peculiar mix of arrogant belief that no one can hear them and not agree and groveling unwillingness to stand up for their own way of life. Especially as their determination to pump up social programs to curry favour with voters, and swell the state so it regulates every aspect of our lives including how much salt we put in our food, hasn left much for the military.

If everybody loves us it won matter. But if they don this military and moral disarmament will leave us in a heap of trouble.

Of course the record of the West bears appalling blotches. We are indicted, and indict ourselves, for every defect from racism and sexism to militarism and exploitation. And with considerable justice; as Immanuel Kant said, from the crooked timber of humanity no straight thing was ever made. But we have a much better Kamagra Gel record than anyone else and it because we, and we alone, engage in persistent, strenuous, effective self criticism.

What made us strong, Cialis Sydney militarily and morally, isn that we like the rest of the world. It that we not. And freedom is the key. Political, economic and social freedom are the heart of the West identity and power. We question, experiment, examine and fix our flaws instead of blaming everything on somebody else. And as we diminish our freedom, we diminish our power in the world.

It amuses me to hear the leaders of Britain and France ponderously discussing what to do about Iran. It sure beats having Iran discuss what to do about them. But British and French politicians seem to overlook that as their governments have waxed, their economic, military, cultural and even demographic leadership has waned.

Iran has more people than either, a larger military than both, and seeks a comparable nuclear deterrent. And the Viagra 50mg community hopes it succeeds, just as it backs Hamas and Putin.

As usual, the West stands alone. We better stand free if we want to stand strong.

The Gaza crisis and shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine should at least stop loose talk of the community. There is no such thing, and if there were, it wouldn be on the side of the West.

In Gaza, Hamas won accept a ceasefire and wants all the Jews dead. Israel is desperate for peace and tries to avoid civilian casualties. Hamas tries to cause them, on its own side as well as in Israel, deliberately firing rockets from near hospitals, schools and homes. And when it succeeds the community condemns Israel and the UN snarls about investigating it for war crimes.

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