[lit-ideas] India's fondness for America

  • From: "Lawrence Helm" <lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2006 16:43:11 -0800

 

http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/013/094gntoy.a
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The above article is about India and is entitled, "The New Great Game, Why
the Bush administration has embraced India," by Daniel Twining.  

One of the insets in the hard copy that doesn't appear in the above reads,
"India is encircled by failed and potentially failing states -- including
Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Burma, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka."  It's
shocking to read something like that when one is communicating primarily
with Leftists who assure us that there is but one "failed state," and that
is the U.S.  But it is sobering also, because one tends to forget that the
U.S. is a Liberal Democracy.  The U.S. advocates and encourages freedom of
all sorts.  We forget that those who oppose the U.S. do not like Liberal
Democracy.  They like some form of totalitarianism instead.

Late in the article one finds, "The United States is strangely popular in
India.  Polling regularly shows Indians to be among the most pro-American
people anywhere -- sometimes registering warmer sentiments towards the
United States than Americans themselves do."  I suppose that Indians valuing
Liberal Democracy see America as the most successful of all Liberal
Democracies and value it as such; which would be an accurate point of view
from an objective measure; why then are there so many Americans who do not
value America quite as much, or even worse who hate America?  Is it because
there was once a totalitarian ideology that the American Left of days gone
by once embraced?  Or is there some better psychological explanation?  

 

Lawrence

 

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