January 27, 2007

Not perfect, therefore not good...

Victor Davis Hanson:

I spoke on campuses recently and listened to a number of students discuss issues of immigration, national identify, and the old race/class/gender conundrum. What struck me were two things: the unwillingness of young Americans in the audience to define, much less in thought or speech to defend their civilization. And I noted the paradoxical criticism of the United States by those who have just arrived on our shores.

Why would any wish to come to a country that they almost immediately fault—that takes more legal immigrants alone than all other countries combined? Is it that such contrariness earns acceptance from our own cynical and nihilistic elite? As I pointed out to these audiences, rarely do Americans in turn define newcomers here by the sins of their homeland.

Imagine, I went on, if Chinese students were reminded that the antecedents of their current government since 1945 murdered or starved to death 70 million of their own?

Should the Indian immigrant be reminded of suttee and the caste system?

The students seemed a little stunned, but had picked up the current American campus trait of thinking that if the United States can be shown not to be perfect, it is therefore not good—and that no one would dare to question the moral principles, or consistency, by which they press their own moralistic attack on the United States...

That last sentence is SO true. It's addlepated logic, and it is applied endlessly to the United States (and Israel.) Abu Ghraib shows that America is bad, and no amount of good can weigh against that, or is even allowed to be considered. Meanwhile hundreds of countries do far worse stuff routinely, with no criticism from the same people.

And one can't question the principles or standards on which the attacks are based, because they are never openly avowed. Leftists and fake-pacifists just assume the mantle of morality, and the right to criticize. (And to not be criticized in return—that would be "hate-mongering.")

And they keep raising the bar higher and higher.

Posted by John Weidner at January 27, 2007 7:36 AM
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