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One of the most prominent western ideologies proliferated by Hollywood and Disney cartoons is that you should not conform readily to social pressures and be yourself. From the subtle everyone is unique and beautiful to the stronger message of standing up for what you believe in, in spite of what others might say.
Somehow it dawned on me that this message goes against the democratic form of government that is also strongly advocated by the West. Why do we listen to the masses, if we ought to stand up for ourselves? Where do we draw the line? Within the political party? Nationally? Globally?
Should the American government go to war with Iraq, it is a small circle that they have encapsulated themselves in. Even the American people, the everyday Joe, seems to take more caution when at the brink of a violent crusade.

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