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America's Independence from the Decisions of Others

By Roy D. Follendore III

Copyright (c) 2003 by RDFollendoreIII

February 15, 2003

"The course of this nation does not depend on the decisions of others."  For many people around the world this statement by George W. Bush represents the view of many who would believe that Americans have no obligations to respect the decisions of others. They feel it reflects the President's idea that what others on this planet do does not affect America.  It defines the nature of this country's foreign policy and predetermines our decisions if others are found in someway to affect us.  They believe that this attitude was was originally reflected in Presidents position with respect to the Kyoto treaty and the World Criminal Court.  They consider that it was an attitude that has been reflected within issues of policy related to the issues of human rights and personal liberty.  But when one begins to peel back the true meaning of this incredible statement, perhaps it best reflects the kind of unilateral decision making and orientation to take direct action through political power that has not been seen by a powerful world leader for many generations.

Many of his political opponents around the world consider it obvious to anyone willing to consider this Presidents words what his intentions are. Through such words and actions this American President seems to have split NATO and the United Nations. With the sympathy and support that America received by the World on September 11, 2001, this would have seemed inconceivable. He seems to have single handedly alienated three of the most important allies in Europe. Millions in France have been taking to the streets protesting the direction that this American President is taking the world. These people certainly have learned the hard way that the course of their nation does depend on the decisions of others.

Those people should understand that the political polls that are being presented are not true.  They should realize that the majority of the American people are not in full support of the President's foreign or domestic policies.  But should also realize that it is true that Americans are split on the issues.  They should know that it is also true that Americans listen to foreign opinion.  Through all of the noise and rhetoric, Americans can and do hear you "old" Europe. We hear Canada when they speak of America the bully and we certainly hear China when it talks about hegemony.  America listens to the world through technological media in spite of the fact that our political system has been wounded and disrupted by hate. No matter what may be said, each of the people of this world do make a difference and when the decisions of America affect their interests, we understand that they have every right to protest and to communicate their feelings to our people and our politicians.  In this way they are no different from us.  

Perhaps they should write our leaders.  They may want to explain the global their view of the repercussions of an American unilateral policy.  They may want to see to it that the polls Americans see also include their opinions. They may want to let each of our American leaders know that they understand the fallacy of such an American foreign policy and that they feel that the best diplomatic course for all nations is to consider the idea that the decisions of others does affect America. Perhaps their protests will remind us that not only does the course of America very much depend on the decisions of others, the stability of the planet depends on world opinion.  




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