Manifest Destiny is the myth that with God on “our side”, meanness is permissible and even the most cruel means to a desired end are justifiable.
The basic theory of Manifest Destiny is that “with God on our side” a given people can do whatever they want on the premise that by so doing they are fulfilling “God’s will”. The end always justifies the means because the doing of the deed is allegedly the execution of “God’s will”.
The bottom line is the theory that war crimes and wicked deeds are justified so long as God is “on our side”.
Manifest Destiny is by no means a new concept. The theory dates back as far as written history itself records beliefs in deities and regional conquests for gain. The former has historically been utilized to justify the latter.
Manifest Destiny was the justification for the indiscriminate and inhumane slaughtering of men, women, children, and even animals at Jericho by the Joshua lead Israeli Army as recorded in Joshua 6 of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament)
Manifest Destiny was the justification of the slaughter of the Midianite men, women, and children; and the subsequent capture of the virgin girls to be taken as sex slaves by the Israeli Army as commanded by Moses and as recorded in Numbers 31 of the Hebrew Bible.
Manifest Destiny was the justification for the exploitation of the gentleness and the generosity of the Indigenous people of the Caribbean by Columbus when he stumbled upon the proverbial gold mine of the Caribbean Islands in search of the Americas. Clearly, it was God’s will that Columbus get lost and land at the wrong spot, thereby allowing Columbus and his men to enslave the gentle natives to rape their own land in search of gold for Columbus to take back as a peace offering (bribe?) to the queen to pacify her and to justify his less than efficient navigational skills (Speaking of rape of the land, there was even more literal rape as well; but as we have already seen from the Old Testament, rape is by no means taboo when executing God’s will. Manifest Destiny does allow for certain “spoils for the victors”; a concept that the biblical hero Moses had understood all too well).
Manifest Destiny was the justification for the slaughter of the Native Americans and the stealing of their land by the undocumented Euromaniacs who illegally invaded this land and immorally stole it from the Indigenous people whom they subjugated, slaughtered, and displaced. Indeed our country itself was founded by illegal immigration and immoral means; but when God is on your side, the means of meanness are mere utility to the doing of His will.
Manifest Destiny was the justification for the cruel and lethal slave trade and the institutional slavery which resulted from the very process itself. The ignorant theory being that people of color are inferior beings, and thus it was clearly God’s will that Africans be utilized to effect the means of superior minds in accord with the manifest plan of the Almighty God Himself. (Even today, the ignorant and thoughtless statement is made that Blacks are better off now because they were brought to America from Africa as though institutional slavery and Jim Crow racism are somehow an “upgrade” and a justification for uprooting people from their homeland, inhumanely cramming them onto ships, then enslaving the ⅓ of the people who actually survived the trip. The ignorance of those who maintain the theory of Manifest Destiny is all too oftentimes matched by the thoughtless and insensitive arrogance of the same).
Manifest Destiny was the justification for dropping the Atomic bomb not only once but TWICE on the same nation, killing almost a quarter of a million people, mainly innocent civilians. When I was in public school I was taught that the killing of those quarter of a million people in Japan saved lives by ending the war, but only faith in Manifest Destiny could be so irrational. The untold misery upon the Japanese people is still commonly thought to be a justifiable act of war by those who are able to justify in their own deluded minds such atrocities in the name of an allegedly benevolent God.
Even now Manifest Destiny is the justification by the radical Christian terrorists known as The Lord’s Resistance Army who have kidnapped, maimed, and tortured in order to convert the people of Africa in their quest to impose the Bible’s Ten Commandments as the law of the land. They have kidnapped girls in order to have wives, and they have murdered those who refuse to convert since their reign of terror began in the late 1980’s and continues even now. And they do so because they believe that God is on their side. In other words they believe that their barbaric deeds are justified as a matter of Manifest Destiny.
Even now Manifest Destiny is the justification by the radical Islamic terrorists known as The Islamic State who have kidnapped, maimed, and tortured in order to convert the people of Syria and Iraq in their quest to impose the teachings of radical Islam as the law of the land. They have kidnapped girls in order to have wives, and they have murdered those who refuse to convert since their reign of terror began about a year ago, and continues even now. And they do so because they believe that Allah is on their side. In other words they believe that their barbaric deeds are justified as a matter of Manifest Destiny.
And so on and on the madness and the malevolence of the human race continues. And so continues the theory that war crimes and wicked deeds are justified so long as God is “on our side”.
Perhaps such is merely the Manifest Destiny of humanity.