Liberals have very little sense of proportion. As the War on Terror rages on, the average liberal believes that America is exercising its subliminal fascist tendencies. The problem is, media coverage does not give us a clear picture of what’s going on in the world. While I believe that the fight against fundamentalist, militaristic Islam is an important one, it is not the only fight that America is engaged in and these other fights are not over oil or religiously motivated as liberals like to believe . Readers should do some research into what’s going on in South America, specifically Columbia. US Special Forces routinely train Columbian police and military units to fight against the communist FARC. Car bombs, kidnappings (Columbia has more kidnappings than any other country) and murder is routine in Bogata’.
So, media coverage gives many a sense of intensity that simply didn’t exist before television. The truth is that the world is more peaceful than it has ever been. Another problem is the liberal adoration of tribal man. This is a derivative of Rousseau’s “Noble Savage”, the belief that tribal man is or was much more peaceful than the “warlike” modern man. Even very educated people spout this absolute non-truth.
Not only has civilization and education reduced violence and war, but American military supremacy reduced interstate wars and incidents of genocide after WWII. As Dr. Steven Pinker outlines in this video, all evidence points to a more peaceful world. Tribal man is and was much more violent than Western man.
The major problem with the liberal world view is not that they want peace, but that they fail to recognize it when it is upon them, and so wish to tear down one of the major reasons for that peace: the American Leviathan, which induced Pax Americana.