Some foreigners may hate us for “our freedoms”, as Bush the Younger once said. But many surely hate us, justifiably, for our willingness to kill recklessly and with minimal regret.
It hardly made the news here, but a few days ago our government attacked a “wedding convoy” in Yemen, murdering 14 people and maiming 22. At least three more have since died. Meanwhile, our government (including the Democrat in the White House) hasn’t commented.
At the Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf asks how we would react if something similar happened here:
Can you imagine the wall-to-wall press coverage, the outrage, and the empathy for the victims that would follow if an American wedding were attacked in this fashion? Or how you’d feel about a foreign power that attacked your wedding in this fashion? … and all for the sake of five people suspected of ties to al-Qaeda.
We might as well be broadcasting a message worldwide on Voice of America: “We don’t give a shit about you foreign bastards”.
The whole article, which is brief, is worth reading, especially if you’re still proud to be an American.