Physical distance and geographic obstacles (oceans, mountains, deserts, etc.) have historically made other parts of the world seem very far away. However, now we travel anywhere on Earth in less than a day and communicate information instantly.
These technological advances make the concept of "far away" less relevant to our current relationships with other countries around the world.
In the 1700s, Russia waged war with the Turks and the Swedes, and a famine in Central Europe killed hundreds of thousands. For the American colonists, these events may as well have happened on Mars since they had no knowledge of, or experienced any impacts from, these events.
But now, real time knowledge of natural disasters and violence around the globe carries a level of responsibility to respond to these situations.
Otherwise, those who thrive on the misery of others will leverage the resulting social unrest to their advantage and threaten global political stability.
George Washington's advice to "avoid foreign entanglements" made sense several centuries ago when it took weeks to cross the Atlantic.
Now, however, establishing alliances around the world supports global political stability thereby helping to ensure our security.
Changes to established ways of thinking can be very disconcerting. But, if we ignore the new perspectives that technological advances bring, we are no better than an ostrich sticking its head in the sand when threatened.
Submitted by Virtual Newsroom