Presumed Superiority

One of the most irritating things about Americans is the way they just presume they are a special case and superior to everyone else. For example, an American will roundly condemn Saddam Hussein for torturing people, but then excuse his own country for torturing those same people, in those same dungeons, with the same instruments, as part of a much broader use of routine torture on all detainees. Somehow, when Americans commit the exact same atrocities as Saddam or Hitler, it does not count, because they are American and Americans are by definition the best people. Nazis had that same smug superiority too. It can’t understand either of them.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)