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    What if we found out calls from New York to California were routed through, say, Quebec, and the Canadian government felt they had the right to monitor those conversations at will, with no legal restrictions.  Americans would have a shit-fit at that revelation, in my opinion.

    Well, sure, but "that's different".  Which is an attitude sometimes referred to as "American Exceptionalism" -- the idea that there are some things that only the US (and sometimes certain US allies) should be allowed to do.  No doubt many Brits felt the same way during the days of the British Empire.  Hell, it probably dates back at least as far as the Roman Empire.

    One of the most elephant-in-the-living-room examples of this is weapons of mass destruction.  It was the major excuse the Bush League used to get the public behind the Iraq War.  But people in the US pretty much shrug off the fact that we've got the biggest stockpile of WMDs on the planet.  Evidently the assumption is that we can be trusted with them ... despite the fact that we're the only folks who've actually used nuclear weapons, and despite the fact that our leaders have made it clear that they're not reserved for retaliatory use.  The repeatedly stated US policy is, essentially, "we'll use them if and when we want to".

    Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

    by Bearpaw on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 08:41:33 AM PST

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