American foriegn policy: comparsion of Gitlin and Roy

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America's foreign policy, is it good or bad?

American foreign policy has been argued about since before and after 9/11. I've read two essays that have opposing arguments on the outlook of American foreign policy. "Blaming America First", is an essay written by Todd Gitlin. In this essay Gitlin speaks about the September 11 attack on America and the opinions of the "left-wing" fundamentalists. He questions, why do some of those of the "left-wing" justly call for some understanding for the victims around the world, so quick to disregard America's agony? In the essay, "The Algebra of Infinite Justice", written by Arundhati Roy, she talks about the September 11 suicide attacks on America, but from a "left-wing" fundamentalist perspective. In this essay she challenges America's quick retaliation for revenge in response to the 9/11 attacks. Roy is very sympathetic to the so-called victims of the world who were duped by America during past old wars.

I believe that Americas' foreign policy is corrupt, and that others countries have suffered for more greatly than America, but I believe America has suffered throughout history also.

In "Blaming America First", Gitlin speaks about how after the 9/11 attack human sympathy united political differences, but not for long. He says that while the majority of Americans were feeling "bellicose as well as sorrowful", that some of those from the left "were dismissing the idea that the United States had any legitimate recourse to the use of force in self-defense--or indeed any legitimate claim to the status of victim" (Gitlin, Pg. ). He believes that the left-winged fundamentalists believe that America got what it deserved for all of the past corrupt things America has done. Gitlin says that the rest of the world disregarded the fact that America might want revenge to retaliate...