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    Manifest Destiny

    In his last book, L'Empire et les Cinq Rois, Bernard-Henry Levy seems to lament the fact that America has lost the sense of its manifest destiny.

    By doing so, he also seems to idolize America and specifically American imperialism, as he calls for military intervention in Syria.

    For those who don't know, BHL is the philospher who was so keen on waging war in Lybia to get rid of Gaddafi and save the poor people of Benghazi.

    Today, he's actively lobbying for the West and specifically America to wage war in Syria, using approximately the same narrative but in the name of Kurds.

    I have to say it pains me to see a philosopher who once again is not only itching for military intervention, but also using what was in the past a nationalistic political ideology to try to push Americans into a war of conquest abroad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paris View Post
    In his last book, L'Empire et les Cinq Rois, Bernard-Henry Levy seems to lament the fact that America has lost the sense of its manifest destiny.

    By doing so, he also seems to idolize America and specifically American imperialism, as he calls for military intervention in Syria.

    For those who don't know, BHL is the philospher who was so keen on waging war in Lybia to get rid of Gaddafi and save the poor people of Benghazi.

    Today, he's actively lobbying for the West and specifically America to wage war in Syria, using approximately the same narrative but in the name of Kurds.

    I have to say it pains me to see a philosopher who once again is not only itching for military intervention, but also using what was in the past a nationalistic political ideology to try to push Americans into a war of conquest abroad.

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    Well it is kind of a new invention that philosophers fight Empire rather than work to justify it. Sartre would be very disappointed.

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    Good point.

    It reminds me Macron saying today that he has proof the Syrian government conducted a chemical weapons attack without giving details on the evidence or how it was acquired.

    Maybe "God told him so."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paris View Post
    In his last book, L'Empire et les Cinq Rois, Bernard-Henry Levy seems to lament the fact that America has lost the sense of its manifest destiny.

    By doing so, he also seems to idolize America and specifically American imperialism, as he calls for military intervention in Syria.

    For those who don't know, BHL is the philospher who was so keen on waging war in Lybia to get rid of Gaddafi and save the poor people of Benghazi.

    Today, he's actively lobbying for the West and specifically America to wage war in Syria, using approximately the same narrative but in the name of Kurds.

    I have to say it pains me to see a philosopher who once again is not only itching for military intervention, but also using what was in the past a nationalistic political ideology to try to push Americans into a war of conquest abroad.

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    Many in the US associate Manifest Destiny with Jackson's policies of Indian annihilation and removal in order to steal their lands. And the idea that all others were to bow to the power of the almighty white Christians who were the only ones given the right to settle from ocean to ocean by their god.

    Might be one of the reasons why it's fallen into disuse
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paris View Post
    Good point.

    It reminds me Macron saying today that he has proof the Syrian government conducted a chemical weapons attack without giving details on the evidence or how it was acquired.

    Maybe "God told him so."
    well, "manifest destiny" is just, after all a more modern invention of "colonialism". "imperialism" and others worlds to justify what has no justification. "divine right" is another very old term used to the same end. been happening for millennia. the Egyptians, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar - the list is endless.
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