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Land of the Arrogant

Barack Obama has in the past few weeks been telling us how exceptional America is. This disturbing notion that America is an exceptional nation is deeply embedded in the consciousness of its people for many decades. American leaders never resist the urge to remind the rest of humanity about American exceptionalism, imagined or otherwise. In reminding the rest of us how pathetic we are, Americans will go a step further by telling us what is best for us.

That a nation of people can be convinced of their own existence as unique and as better than all others is problematic in many ways. America is a powerful nation, economically and militarily. It is in such power that arrogance is manifested and guides the nature of the relationship America establishes with the rest of the community of nations. It even informs how individual Americans view themselves in relation to other nationalities. We have all met that annoying self-important American on an overseas holiday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a recent New York Times op-ed, lashed at the US war-criminal Barack Obama for continuing to promote this notion of American exceptionalism. Putin wrote, "It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation."

When addressing the 68th session of the UN general assembly, Obama again said, "I believe America is exceptional." A murderous Nazi thug, Adolf Hitler, also believed that the German volk were exceptional. He firmly believed that Nazi Germany was exceptional. He wrote in his self-indulgent book Mein Kampf that, "The inequality of races is inevitable, and the Aryan race is the chief creative element of mankind," and that, "the German Volk is the greatest." Inspired by his staunch beliefs in German exceptionalism and its supremacy above all others, Hitler embarked in military misadventures intended to conquer other nations to prove the German might and rule over the people of the world. He invaded Poland, Hungary, the Netherlands, France, Russia and many others.

In reaffirming their absurd belief that the German volk were the greatest and exceptional, Nazi thugs executed their most audacious and vile plan - the Final Solution - the extermination of the Jewish people. The Nazi regime had a psychotic obsession with the need to cement German exceptionalism and their imagined supremacy across Europe and with obvious catastrophic consequences.

Slavery, colonialism, apartheid and the Holocaust were the ghastly consequences of such absurd conviction by one particular race that it possessed superior qualities and authority over all others. We are all alive to historic facts on how it turned out for Africans when right-wing Afrikaner thugs thought themselves to be superior and exceptional; how Africa and its resources were sodomised by colonial ruffians who arrogated to themselves the power and authority over its people. The effects of the brutality emanating from racial exceptionalism which deemed Africans sub-human and not worthy of the inalienable right to human dignity continue to be felt on the Continent.

America and its sidekick, apartheid Israel, have demonstrated over the years how state-sponsored terrorism naturally flows from the delusion of political exceptionalism. The sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations considered weaker and hostile to the interests of those who consider themselves exceptional are violated without any regard to international conventions. America has military bases strewn across the world and readily attacks nations whose governments they do not like or use proxies to cause unrest and instability, as they do in Syria and as they have done in many parts of the world. Hitler would be very proud. There is a growing and disturbing phenomenon of "regime change" that is directly executed by exceptional nations or through their proxies with no regard for international law. The preservation of life is generally secondary to the aims of Western thugs who will readily liquidate civilians under false pretences of protecting them - Libya being the case in point. This nonsensical belief in American exceptionalism by US leaders continues to lead to a mass destruction of human life across the globe.

America is perpetuating this noxious idea of exceptionalism not only in the sphere of politics but economics as well. Their economic dominance over a protracted period of time naturally informed them that they had the authority to dictate to the direction and the pace of global economic development. Illegal sanctions become a measure they use to intimidate others to toe the line. Their arrogance of power has had disastrous consequences for the global economy, as we witnessed during the sub-prime crisis. The dramatic shift in the centre of economic gravity to the East over the last few years has naturally offended American exceptionalism. Egos are being thoroughly bruised. The American reaction for self-preservation can only be unpleasant and harmful for the global economy.

Politicians will advance whichever idea that will appeal to the general sentiment of the public. Declining popularity levels among western leaders and in particular, the ruling US war-criminal, give birth to the propagation of harmful ideals. America will not yield to the emergence of other powers that threaten its self-delusion of exceptionalism. They will do everything in their power to protect their position, militarily or otherwise.

American patriotism is deeply rooted on this collective idea that the values they hold dear are the basis upon which humanity should be judged - and view themselves as not bound to the same rules that apply to others. The lesson we draw from history is that Nazi Germany espoused the same misguided ideals and beliefs about itself - with disastrous consequences for Europe. Obama has caused enough damage. His chosen path of state-sponsored terrorism and thuggery betrays the very values that America pretends to represent. Global peace and security is under threat and that threat does not emanate from traditional terrorist organisations, but from a nation that considers itself exceptional and is led by a Nobel Peace Laureate. As Putin has said, "We are all equal."

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