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America - In a post-September 11th era, the birth of an...

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In a post-September 11 th era, the birth of an extreme form of nationalism rose from the ashes of the fallen towers. While some – mostly those touting the ideals of nationalism – would call this feeling mere patriotism or pride in ones countries, America’s enemies and those who did not support President Bush’s actions after the attack would call it arrogance in the name of flag waving. Indeed, many actions after the attack left several people scratching their heads and wondering why. Immediately following the fall of the twin towers, a worldwide sympathy immediately formed. Even though other nations have long been the targets of terrorist attacks, and even though America, still in its infancy, had experienced one at a level far below those typically seen in foreign nations, there was still a great deal of sympathy and support that rose from the general populace. Thus, in the weeks and months immediately following, not only was nationalism at an extreme high, but also the level of support from foreign nations as well. As time passed, however, these numbers continued to dip lower and lower and lower. What turned from foreign countries pitying the terrible terrorist attacks on innocent people turned into a condemnation of Muslim countries and lyrics with lines about “lighting up your world like the Fourth of July” and “sticking a boot up your ass [because] it’s the American way”. The United States’ image immediately turned to one of being an aggressor and the level of support dwindled to practically nothing in foreign nations. Even worse, on her own shores, many Americans were opposed to the way the response was handled. In many ways, the fault of response came solely from the top of the administration and trickled into numerous fallacious and botches response efforts. In his book, What’s So Great about America, Dinish D’Souza analyzes some of the reasons that America turned into a country sympathized to a country despised. He also analyzes
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what could have been done to turn this result around and the precise areas that the response effort was botched. More specifically, he targets the core issue of why and whether the United States is hated as a foreign bully in the worldwide scope. One of the reasons why “they” hate us, as provide by D’Souza, is the fact that the administration of the United States doesn’t understand their enemies. Despite successes in Afghanistan in the war efforts immediately following the September 11 th attacks, there were some signs, D’Souza asserts, that points to a complete failure to understand the course. Immediately, Bush began to refer to the terrorists as “cowards” for the reasoning that, “terrorists cravenly targeted women and children”. D’Souza asserts that this is nothing more than a presidential talking point that borders on fallacious propaganda. The terrorists, he said, were not targeting anyone; they did not care who the passengers were on the planes they hijacked or what American workers were populating the buildings they
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