Origin of U.S. "Moral Standard"

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The U.S. seems to position itself at the pinnacle of moral value and it often seems that the U.S. uses this self-proclaimed identity not only to validate actions but also as a means to deem other country's actions as acceptable or unacceptable.
World War II is often seen as the event that began the United States' conception that it not only possessed the highest moral standards, but that it also possessed the highest capability of projecting and enacting such standards elsewhere. The United States undeniably played a major role in the effort to disable the tyranny of Nazi Germany and her allies, and it would be ludicrous to disavow the U.S.'s contributions to such efforts such as: Navajo Code Talkers, Industrial Supplies, and physical aid. The U.S. had entered WWII less exhausted than other countries who had been struggling to recuperate since the closure of WWI. The U.S. delayed entrance into WWII, but when she finally joined the war effort, she came well rested and in a greater economic state than her allied counterparts, appearing as somewhat of a savior to the exhausted Allied army. With the addition of the U.S. to the Allied Forces, the warfront changed considerably. With the new insurgence of U.S. troops and artillery, the Allied armies were better equipped for battle against the enemy. As the war drew to a close, the U.S. was indeed revered as a savior, not only for her help in the European theatre , but also as having been an obviously critical component in in the surrender of Japan to Allied forces, a trigger to the debacle of the Axis forces. The U.S. had emerged as a superpower: in stable financial condition and with a booming economy. Save for Hawaii, the U.S. did not have any damage to her land, a stark difference when compared to her allied countries. It is the culmination of the U.S's "savior-like" entrance, swift execution of tactics, and seemingly untouched exit on the winning side that likely triggered the "Perfect Morals" view with which she was later tagged.
The U.S. undoubtedly was proud of her victory, and of her stance in the postwar world. Having been the "savior" to the allied forces, and having won a war based off of that premise, the U.S. seemed to perpetuate this idea into a national identity. One that seemed to read "If we can save the world from Nazi harm, we can save the world from any harm. And should not it be our duty to do so?" This moral duty, self-imposed, can be seen promulgated in the U.S.'s action to "end terror". The manner of executing this goal of terminating terror has most notably included torture to those suspected of terrorist acts. The U.S. took it upon herself to cure the world of the moral decay caused by terrorism, enacting her "moral duty/high capablity to perform such an act. She did herself a major injustice, however, when she entered the arena of terrorist battle armed with the Bush Doctrine's theory of "eye for an eye, and then some" which, as Chomsky points out has led the U.S.'s "natural friends" to procure a "deep mistrust in the U.S.'s intentions and policies" to which the U.S. responds, when called into question regarding such issues, in one of two ways; one, the terrorist act(s) are due to a few bad seeds that should not be attributed to the U.S. as a whole or two, the U.S. is only acting in such a manner as a form of "counterterrorism". Understanding the U.S.'s origin of "moral superiority" helps to determine why exactly it is that the U.S. seems to be excused from reprimand on issues regarding inhumanity. It seems that the world has a forgotten the "moral standard" of the U.S. was self-proclaimed. No law proclaims that the U.S. cannot be questioned about such standards and I think it is high time that those questions be asked, and answered.
A Palestinian view of the "American Double Standard" : http://thepeopleofpakistan.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/america-has-as-many-moral-standards-as-there-are-countries-in-the-world/

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