United States and its International Role Today
September 11 attach remains to be one of the events that will remain in the minds of the Americans for a very long time. This was an event that not only changed the life of the Americans but it also changed the perception of United States by the world. It will be remembered as an important event in the world that changed the course of history and saw the US try to assert itself more to create a unilateral world. In his book Thomas Friedman (2007) wrote that “America’s role in the world, from its inception, had been to be the country that looks forward, not back.
One of the most dangerous things that have happened since 9/11, under the Bush administration is that we have gone from exporting hope to exporting fear. Then we have gone from trying to coax the best out of the world to snarling at it way too often. And when you export fear, you end up importing everyone else’s fears. Yes, we need people who can imagine the worst because the worst did happen on 9/11 and it could happen again. But, as I said, there is a fine line between precaution and paranoia, and at time we have crossed it” (p. 50)