By M. Hampton

ISBN-10: 1137343273

ISBN-13: 9781137343277

ISBN-10: 1349465577

ISBN-13: 9781349465576

Americans and Europeans understand hazard another way. american citizens stay extra spiritual than Europeans and usually nonetheless think their country is providentially blessed. American defense tradition is comparatively strong and comprises the deeply held trust that existential danger on this planet emanates from the paintings of evil-doers. the USA needs to for this reason occasionally interfere militarily opposed to evil. the eu Union (EU) protection tradition version differs from conventional eu iterations and from the yankee version. the concept that of possibility as evil misplaced salience as Western Europe turned extra secularist. Threats turned difficulties to control and get to the bottom of. The upsurge in anti-immigrant and anti-foreigner sentiment in the course of monetary concern undermines this version.

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But that sense of right to destiny became much more prominent in the nineteenth century. The emergence of Manifest Destiny helps explain how nineteenth-century Americans perceived their role in countering threat along the frontier. Again recalling Shy’s proposition that beliefs influence war-fighting and war-fighting influences beliefs, Providence and Manifest Destiny reinforced each other. Convinced that Providence had bestowed upon the righteous colonists the right to the bounty of the new promised land, those that advocated westward expansion assumed it was within their purview.

The assumption that the threat is always external and that wars will be fought elsewhere is confirmed by the fact that the United States never had a Homeland Security agency until the attacks of 9/11 occurred. Wars were not anticipated to be fought on US soil. The so-called American way of war requires a massive military that grinds down opponents on a foreign “GOD HAS FAVORED OUR UNDERTAKING” 39 battlefield. ”84 This is the strategy of annihilation, and it has characterized war-fighting American preferences since the Civil War.

88 The American nation was forged largely through conquering the frontier. ”89 Fighting frontier wars also deepened the American sense of rightful entitlement. ” But that sense of right to destiny became much more prominent in the nineteenth century. The emergence of Manifest Destiny helps explain how nineteenth-century Americans perceived their role in countering threat along the frontier. Again recalling Shy’s proposition that beliefs influence war-fighting and war-fighting influences beliefs, Providence and Manifest Destiny reinforced each other.

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