Leslie J. Sacks is apparently just as peed-off as I am about the current state of affairs in America:
We are now increasingly insisting, in this somewhat United States of America, on treating everyone and every regime in the world as we would have them treat us. For a country at pains to further separate church and state, to banish the Ten Commandments from its public areas, this flirtation with a belief that is at the very core of Judeo-Christian tradition is more than fascinating. Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud would have had a field day with our State Department and White House on their respective couches.This approach, apart from any hypocrisy, borders on fantastical irresponsibility, naïve unreality and gross self-deception, denying as it does the most concrete lessons of our history and culture.
The world is in fact a dangerous place, inhabited by fundamentalist regimes, crusading radicals, and amoral power seekers. Realism would dictate that we be pessimists and cynics, never trusting until verified, basing our foreign policy on the past actions of our opponents and not on their sweet words or our even sweeter hopes. Instead, we are (almost compulsively) pursuing a positive, optimistic, almost child-like Alice in Wonderland approach to the world.
As that great sage Winnie the Pooh might say, “Oh dear!”
You really need to go read the rest of this excellent essay. And then bookmark Leslie’s blogs. They’re always excellent reads.