Tim Brinton

黄金时代曙光微现

新加坡—全球稳定与繁荣的前景在改善还是在恶化?很难说,世界上有的部分在启蒙和进步,有的部分在倒退和停滞。但为了回答这个问题,考虑其他三个问题是大有裨益的。

第一个问题是美国能否重新赢得道德领袖地位。尽管错误百出,自二战结束以来美国确实在道德方面起到了领导作用。但2001年9月11日的恐怖袭击改变了一切。

受到袭击的美国人怒不可遏,以至于开始支持曾经认为不可想象的政策。在“全球反恐战争”的名义下,他们容忍了虐待,接受——甚至支持——对伊拉克的非法入侵;并放任平民成为无人机空袭的附带受害者。

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