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Ameriphobia

By Bruce Walker
web posted April 14, 2003

The world suffers from a strange sickness: Ameriphobia. We Americans are naturally optimistic. We are tolerant. We trust in a God of love and providence, who enjoins us to not only do good but to be good and to seek goodness.

There is a reason why America has resisted realpolitik and why our few attempts to implement an amoral foreign policy have failed so wretchedly: cynicism runs counter to the spirit of America. This makes America more frightening to the world than Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Russia, Mao's China or Hussein's Iraq.

Ameriphobia is immune to truth. History shows that America does not abuse its great power. In 1945, America had the more global power than any nation in human history. The American economy produced twice as much as all of the rest of the world combined (including, even, our democratic English-speaking allies).

American air and naval power dwarfed all the other air forces and navies combined. Our battle-hardened ground forces were superbly supplied. The few other nations with military power, like the Soviet Union, depended upon American war production for trucks, combat aircraft and huge amounts of other goods. And for five years, America had a monopoly on atomic weapons.

How powerful was America then? It was powerful enough to completely overthrow the CommiTsars of the Soviet Union, to liberate from Great Russian control all of the non-Russian nationalities (about half of the Soviet Union), and to decommunize Russia like we denazified Germany and like we demilitarized Japan.

America was powerful enough to insure that the Maoist forces, which had barely dented the greatly inferior Japanese Army, did not prevail in China. We had the power to insure that the Party of the People remained in power in China, and that China remained our ally in Asia.

Perhaps America should have used its overwhelming power to end all the totalitarian movements and regimes which would so plagued the world in the last half of the Twentieth Century. American occupation and pacification worked marvelously in Japan and Germany, both of which became quiet, prosperous democracies.

The Soviet Union had been our wartime ally, but it was an unwilling ally. Until June 1941, communists did all in they could to help Hitler. Mao nominally fought the Japanese, but the primary consequence of Maoism was to weaken the government of China, which had tied down the bulk of Japanese ground forces. America had good reasons to crush Stalin and Mao.

Ameriphobes gloss over these facts, just as they assume that the peaceful occupation of Japan and Germany, which freed both nations of the obligation of self-defense, was normal behavior for a great power. American behavior, of course, was extraordinarily benign. It was, in fact, unprecedented in human history.

This crystal clear, unselfish decency mortifies the other putatively "civilized" nations. Americans are yahoos, these sophisticates chant, but sophistication is not goodness. Germans created the Holocaust. Japanese raped Nanking. French concocted political terrorism. Chinese exterminated Tibetans. Russians imprisoned whole peoples in their empires.

Ameriphobia is caused by psychological projection. What would Frenchmen do with global power? What would Chinese do with real hegemony? Fretting about the balance of power makes sense only if the powers involved are morally equivalent. Chirac and Schroeder seemed concerned about balancing power for its own sake alone, as if good and evil should be balanced. Who believes that?

Not people who believe that goodness and evil are real. There are few candles flickering in this world which glow with moral purpose. Jews are one such candle, which is why Israel is so hated and Anti-Semitism is such a convenient hate. Christians are another candle, which is why Christianity is so vilified and so distorted throughout the world.

Like Jews and Christians, Americans also believe in good and evil. American history is a tapestry of moral dialogue. That does not mean, of course, that America has always acted morally, but it does mean that morality - not wealth and not power - has guided the heart of America. And that puzzles the Old World.

America has everything a superpower needs: wealth, technology, population, and the most battle-hardened military on the planet. Only a sense of moral necessity has kept America from acting like a superpower. The passé amorality of Chirac and Schroeder has given us a moral clarity unmatched since Pearl Harbor.

Ameriphobia is a variety of xenophobia. Superstitious peoples once thought Jews made paschal blood from young goyim. Superstitious peoples now believe that America wants to lord over the world. The truth is very different: Americans - Christian and Jew - want to bring the goodness into the world.

Bruce Walker is a senior writer with Enter Stage Right. He is also a frequent contributor to The Pragmatist and The Common Conservative.

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