Exceptionalism is defined as “the perception that a country, society, institution, movement, or time period is extraordinary in some way and thus does not need to conform to normal rules or general principles.” I have always been proud of our country for its willingness to risk their lives in order to make the world a safer place, but recent events have started to change my perspective.
During the international conflict over Syria, Vladimir Putin had an interesting quote to say in response to Barack Obama: “And I would rather disagree with a case [Obama] made on American Exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.”
I have to agree with this statement 100%. I am getting really sick and tired of our country thinking that we are superior to everyone and that we can just go ahead and get involved in other people’s business without any permission or agreement from other countries. This latest conflict in Syria is a perfect example. Literally nobody except Obama and Kerry wants the U.S. to get involved and launch a military strike on Syria. It took the peaceful efforts of Putin and Russia in order to calm things down for a bit. It is embarrassing on the part of the United States, and they have a long history of this as well. The U.S. has been involved in pretty much every major war and have fought for over a decade now in Iraq and Afghanistan.
America is not better than every other country. We are a first world country that does wield significant power and influence, but nobody is above international law and nobody has the right to declare themselves the leader and bully other countries around to get what they want. The United Nations was created for a reason, and that was to encourage cooperation among countries with international affairs. There are plenty of things that other countries do better than us, and I would really like to see some more respect for human life from the United States instead of just launching attacks every time something happens that they don’t like.
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