Le Devoir, Canada
Letter: Tribute to Americans
By Benoit Otis
Translated By Courtney Olsen
11 September 2013
Edited by Kyrstie Lane
Canada - Le Devoir - Original Article (French)
Despite sporadic conflicts around the world, never in the history of mankind have there been so many political strategies for sustainable peace. We swapped outdated ideologies for a more realistic view of our modern world. We understand human nature much better: The primitive human instincts for survival are in this way redefined.
Now we realize our interdependence, and we think before taking action. Political strategies on an international scale are a subject of free inquiry, and we attempt to develop a global consciousness that reflects the human condition worldwide. The fight against terrorism is a good example of this.
In addition, many people criticize the Americans for wanting to control everything on the planet. But who else would be better-able to fulfill this role of peace mediator between nations? We must recognize that Americans had to work hard to get what they have now and also to acquire such a reputation around the world.
To do this, they gave themselves a land of freedom in order to accommodate skilled people from all over the world without distinction of race, religion and culture. Therefore, they have a country very representative of world order. This is what gives them the right to look at the world and decide what actions to take to ensure its future — a future that requires international cooperation and recognition of everyone's needs.
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