Interesting op-ed by newsweek:

(…) Then came 9/11. Ever since the attacks, the United States has felt threatened and under siege and determined to carve out maximum room to maneuver. But where Americans have seen defensive behavior, the rest of the world has looked on and seen the most powerful nation in human history acting like a caged animal, lashing out at any and every constraint on its actions.

At the heart of this behavior is fear. Americans have become scared of the new world that is emerging around them. As long as this atmosphere of fear envelops U.S. politics, it will surely produce very similar results abroad. Washington’s real task, therefore, is to combat such unthinking emotion.

It is really an interesting, and rather short read. Coming from newsweek makes it, I guess, not that suspicous and I can tell you, being a western-world, but not an American, it feels like a rather balanced and recognizable analysis.