America is beautiful – but sometimes hard to love
One of the more tedious refrains of the unthinking liberal left in Ireland is that America is somehow the source of all the world's evil. It's trite and it's trying but it's the kind of sentiment that guarantees you will never be out of step with the herd.
After all, it's so much easier to look at the world's madmen, despots and genocidaires and place the blame on the Great Satan for supporting them.
And if we can't blame the Great Satan for supporting them? Well, then it's obviously America's fault for annoying them. It's a remarkable piece of circular logic which seeks to place the Yanks as the root cause of all the bad ju-ju in the world. After all, the inconvenient truth is that the cause of Islamic extremism is ... Islamic extremism. It's an expansionist ideology that has been around for centuries.
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