The Misguided War On Terror

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So many of the problems we face today as a country and as a world are the result of ignorance and ethnocentrism. The misguided War on Terror, one of the more important examples in our time, is the result of religious and cultural intolerance on both sides. In her essay “Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism,” Martha Nussbaum argues that to remedy such issues, we should forgo our nationalist tendencies and view ourselves first and foremost as citizens of the world, or cosmopolitans. The majority of her suggestions are well taken, but her belief that national boundaries are morally irrelevant and that patriotism is altogether poisonous may be taking the idea too far, and in a very impractical direction. In this paper, I will argue for a vision of cosmopolitanism more in line with that of Anthony Appiah in his book Cosmopolitanism. His theory of a “rooted cosmopolitanism” takes into account the moral significance of nations and is better suited to a democratic world. Let me first however detail some of the problems with our current nationalist tendencies. There have been few other times in American history that have more desperately needed a discussion of cosmopolitanism. We here in America are disgustingly ignorant of the rest of the world, and are almost encouraged to believe on a daily basis that we as a people are superior to all others. As a result, we are despised by the global community. We were attacked on 9/11 because of our imperialism and disrespect for other cultures, and

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