American Exceptionalism

Long before Sept. 11 the globalism America was imposing on as much of the world as it could was provoking a backlash that picked up virulence as globalism's dignitaries hopped from summit to summit. The attacks shifted attention and sympathies for a while, but what's remarkable is that despite the attacks, anti-Americanism resumed and increased. Jealousy is too easy a way out of the paradox, another glib shrug-off to a real problem. Then what

Of course, Fukuyama's pronouncement was wrong, as all such judgments tend to be. Americans and Soviets were so comfortably engrossed in their bipolar clash of ideologies -- it was all so simple then, to quote Charlie Pride that they blindsided themselves to all sorts of other tensions lurking beneath their chess board. The Soviets' exit and America's vacuous response let it all explode: The new world disorder of nationalism, fundamentalism, and globalism.

American leadership was concerned with the first two only in so far as they got in the way of the third. It took Bill Clinton for ever to intervene in the Balkans because there was other business to attend to. Massacres aside, nothing more than the dig



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