A Thorn in Transatlantic Relations: American and European by M. Hampton

By M. Hampton

Americans and Europeans understand danger otherwise. american citizens stay extra non secular than Europeans and customarily nonetheless think their country is providentially blessed. American defense tradition is comparatively good and contains the deeply held trust that existential probability on the earth emanates from the paintings of evil-doers. the USA needs to as a result occasionally interfere militarily opposed to evil. the eu Union (EU) safety tradition version differs from conventional eu iterations and from the yankee variation. the concept that of risk as evil misplaced salience as Western Europe grew to become extra secularist. Threats grew to become difficulties to regulate and get to the bottom of. The upsurge in anti-immigrant and anti-foreigner sentiment in the course of financial obstacle undermines this version.

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Debate continues as to why each of these signs has emerged, and what INTRODUCTION 21 they foretell. Yet, in both categories, a plurality of Americans identify themselves in a manner reflecting continuity. The presidential contenders in the 2012 election cycle were certainly very public about exhibiting their membership card in the American exceptionalist club. Further, there is a cyclical pattern in which the belief set peaks and crests, but has as of yet, never declined to the point of necessitating the redefinition of American security culture.

Whether it is National Socialism, Soviet Communism, or global terrorism, the threat has an evil face and is perpetrated by evildoers. The historical record exhibits political elites who have sincerely held to, and/or instrumentally appealed to these beliefs, in order to mobilize Americans to counter such perceived threats in the world. It is discernible that the Evangelical impulse often casts the United States in the role of a crusading state, or then again as a people on a mission. ”42 America does recoil from the evil of the world periodically and defaults to its role as the beacon of light and hope.

A Pew poll from 2004 revealed that 54 percent of respondents believed that the United States still “has a special role” to play in the world. 67 Providence, the Missionary Impulse, and Security As it evolved through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, America’s perceived providential role alternated between abstaining from and saving the world. In saving the world, the United States would be made safer and Providence realized. There is abundant evidence of the United States seeking to save the world.

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