First off, I'm a woman. Let's just get that straight. I don't know why it's so improbable that a woman would be a chauvinist when we have dogs and cats waxing eloquent on politics and culture on the site. There are blank slates and toddlers practicing law and monkeys smoking ... something. But, only men are chauvinists??
See the pretty avatar? ---------------->
That's supposed to be me. If I looked as good as Felicia and EThompson in real life, I'd put up my picture too. But, I don't, so you get the pretty patriotic woman all wrapped in the flag instead. Be grateful.
I became the Western Chauvinist long before Ibn Warraq wrote his book, although not before spending a majority of my adult years as a liberal bliss ninny (I'm in my early 50s now). It took having kids (two daughters -- they're chauvinists too) and 9/11 for me to finally pull my head out of ... the sand and figure out that, "Hey! America is a great place! Probably the best place ever! In all of human history! The pinnacle of human achievement in social arrangements."
Since 2008, I'm_starting_to_have_my_doubts. But_the_West_is_still_the_best_mostly_by_virtue_of_the_lousy_competition.