It’s interesting to me how many people, not just in America, appear to respond to an international crisis by immediately asking what are we going to do about this?
It makes sense, because we’re all humanitarians (except me—I’m a sociopath!) and there is a sense that we can do a lot of good out there. We are totally capable of fixing the parts of the world we don’t like, even if we haven’t exactly done so in the past. Especially in a situation where it appears that what we want for the people of another country, and what they want for themselves, is the same.
It’s no surprise, either, when people who are actively struggling look to the rest of the world, and to America in particular, to help them. The night before their troubles began, many of them had conversations with their families about Americans as arrogant cowboys who habitually overstep their bounds. When shit gets real, suddenly everybody wants a direct line to the world police.
From any perspective, a person’s stance on interventionism changes based purely on whether or not they personally agree with the outcome. I’m okay with that, because I knew I felt that way all along. It’s just interesting, the last decade considered, to watch certain hipsters and pundits push for a heavier hand in the affairs of others.