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America's Destiny

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Submitted by William L. Korstad (United States), Feb 11, 2003 at 19:52

American is the lone superpower struggling to define its place in the world. Our society is based on a higher code of conduct than that world power that has ever existed, hegemonic or not. We have the military power to destroy remake this desperate corner of the world; do we have the moral right to look the other way and allow the suffering to continue. Faced with the enormity of the suffering in the Middle East, how can we, as a civilized society, idly standby and allow this to continue. Where's our sense of righteous indignation? The question we should be asking is not, "do we have the right to do this", but "don't we have the duty to do so"? If we do not act, how will history judge us? Should this not be America's destiny?
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