Ivan_R wrote:That is what I have never understood. U.S. citizens seem to get used to the idea that there are numerous minorities (national, cultural, gender, etc.) living in their country. That those minorities should be treated with respect and so on. Why cannot you just extrapolate this same principle to other minorities and even majorities living out there? That is a proper multiculturalism, I insist.
Extrapolation on a limited set of factors is not always the right approach. For example, if we extrapolate humanity's ability to travel distances at speed over the last few hundred years. This would lead you to believe we should be traveling faster than the speed of light by now.
Anyway, one mistake you are making is treating Americans as some sort of monolith hive mind. We can ignore this for the moment though. Why must respect be given to regimes that commit human rights violations, or do things that goes against one's personal (or even "national") principles? Respect is not to be given, but is to be earned after all. If you behave like a shithead on the global scene, you should be called out as such. Same applies to the dumb shit the US does.
If people within the US act like shitheads, they must be called out as such as well. This extrapolation point you make doesn't make much sense really. It's too sweeping of a position. It's not a thoughtful enough position to take.
you're making this weird point that in America people just accept everyone's bullshit behavior willy nilly (which is wrong, obviously), and then you try to apply that to geopolitics. Doesn't make sense on both accounts.