What US travel warnings tell us about America

What US travel warnings tell us about America

Protestors in a rally against gun violence at City Hall in Los Angeles, the United States, on June 11, 2022. [Photo/cfp.cn] The United States likes to frame itself as an “exceptional” country, calling itself a guiding light and model to the entire world, particularly in regard to liberty and democracy. In doing so, the U.S. professes that it has a right to remake the entire world in its own image and aggressively evangelize its ideology overseas, which have become the underpinning messages of a hegemonic state that strives for unchallengeable global dominance. But is the United States truly as great as it makes out? When you look at the facts, it is not. The country may be praised on its own merits, but that does not mean its less favorable political realities should be exported to the rest of the world unconditionally. As detailed in a recent CNN report, nine countries have issued candid advice to travelers to the U.S. due to increasing violence in the country. These countries are close allies and neighbors of the U.S. The U.K. foreign office advice notes: “Incidents of mass shooting can occur, but account for a very small percentage of homicide deaths.” Germany has a similar message, stating: “It is easy to obtain guns in the United States, leading to increased use of guns and occasional killing sprees. The number of arms and ammunition purchases has increased significantly during the COVID-19 crisis.” Comparatively, Japan advises its own citizens that: “It is important […]

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