By M. Hampton
American citizens and Europeans understand possibility another way. americans stay extra spiritual than Europeans and customarily nonetheless think their country is providentially blessed. American safety tradition is comparatively reliable and comprises the deeply held trust that existential hazard on the earth emanates from the paintings of evil-doers. the USA needs to hence occasionally interfere militarily opposed to evil. the eu Union (EU) safety tradition version differs from conventional eu iterations and from the yankee version. the concept that of possibility as evil misplaced salience as Western Europe grew to become extra secularist. Threats turned difficulties to regulate and unravel. The upsurge in anti-immigrant and anti-foreigner sentiment in the middle of monetary drawback undermines this version.
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Third, the cultural influence persists even in new strategic contexts. ”87 The perceived heavy-handedness of the American way of war sticks in the claw of US-European relations, as it deviates significantly from the kind of values reflected in EU European security and from the types of policies that the fledgling European strategic culture tolerates. While the world wars of the twentieth century were therefore critical in cementing American beliefs about threat and the value of war-fighting, and reinforced the belief that Providence protected the United States and aided it in military victory, the experiences of the nineteenth century and their reflection of and influence on underlying beliefs were also significant and lasting on the American way of war.
36 EU Europe has had no real experience with the Evangelical impulse, and its brief flirtations with it, as in National Socialist Germany, did not bring any honor. It is the evangelical element of American culture that infuses religiosity with new life when what is perceived of as traditional practices lose their luster. Each generation of Americans tends to produce religious leaders and movements that redefine religious practice and give an infusion to religiosity. 38 Yet, it is the American Evangelical impulse that most alarms EU Europeans, especially the political and media elites, 30 A THORN IN TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS although the distaste certainly infuses the EU publics as well.
24 Many of the Republic’s founders equated American liberties and freedoms as tied directly to morality, which was directly wedded to religion. ”25 This intimate relationship between American national identity and morality tied to religious conviction has stayed strong and characterized American civil religion. 26 Again, George Washington noted: “Do not let anyone claim to be a true American . . ”27 Most presidents and the American public have believed that ever since. Preston says of President Franklin D.
A Thorn in Transatlantic Relations: American and European Perceptions of Threat and Security by M. Hampton