Quote of the Day
Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr in 1952, predicting the situation that the "winner" of the US/Soviet conflict would find themselves in:
...The victors would also face the "imperial" problem of using power in
global terms but from one particular center of authority, so preponderant and unchallenged that its world rule would almost certainly violate basic standards of justice...
"We were God's "American Israel." Our pretensions of innocency therefore heightened the whole concept of a virtuous humanity which characterizes the culture of our era; and involve us in the ironic incongruity between our illusions and the realities which we experience.
We find it almost as difficult as the communists to believe that anyone could think ill of us, since we are as persuaded as they that our society is so essentially virtuous that only malice could prompt criticism of any of our actions.... "