from the comment section: “The US brutally suppressed the Phillipines and made it a colony. Killed its own native inhabitants and marginilize them today. Invaded Mexico and took Texas and California away from them. Threatened Cuba with nuclear war and isolate them still. Rode roughshod illegally in Central America, selling arms to Iran to finance it, all contrary to the wishes of congress. Rigged elections in Iran ousting people who had the interests of Iran at heart. Arranged a coup in the government of Vietnam, leading to war and the death of 60,000 Americans and countless Vietnamese. Invaded Grenada because we didn’t like they had Russian aid building an airport and protect American students. Started a war in Iraq on a false pretense, killing tens of thousands of people and leaving it a mess. This is a partial list. And now, we can’t understand why Russia is nervous about a country directly on its border, containing its 200 year old naval base and undergoing a violent overthrow of government. Total hypocrisy. “
The following appeared on Bostonglobe.com:
Headline: American exceptionalism and Putin – The Boston Globe
Date: Mar 25, 2014
Here’s the funny thing about Americans: We believe that our country is exceptional — unique and special in the world. But at the same time, we think that everyone else can and should be just like us. When we look into the faces of protesters in Egypt, Syria, Libya, and Ukraine, we identify with their hopes and dreams. We imagine they want to be just like us. That faith in the universality of democracy is an essential part of who Americans are. But sometimes our blind faith in “the will of the people” seems too blind. We’re so gung ho about democracy that we forget how long it really takes to get right. We cheer on these revolutions at the beginning, until they take their inevitable turn for the worst. After the hated leader loses his grip on power, chaos descends. Mobs get drunk on their own authority. Bad guys gain the upper hand. Then we get disgusted. We realize that they aren’t like us after all, and we leave. (Think: Afghanistan.) Those who have little faith in democracy watch this pattern with disdain. Vladimir Putin is hardly a popular guy these days, but it’s worth taking a look at the world through his eyes.