John at Americablog linked to this post over at TeamBIO.org about this article in Newsweek about America's nationalism. This last part really got me.
BIO: Patriotism vs. Nationalism
Orwell really has our current foreign policy dialed with this quote:
“All nationalists have the power of not seeing resemblances between similar sets of facts. Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits but according to who does them, and there is almost no kind of outrage — torture, the use of hostages, forced labor, mass deportations, imprisonment without trial, forgery, assassination, the bombing of civilians — which does not change its moral color when committed by ‘our’ side.… The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.”
Sound familiar? ...(more)