The subtitle of a post at Pajamas Media today provides such a great insight into the right wing way of thinking:
"How can we expect Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, or Russia to act responsibly if they believe they have nothing to fear from us?"
I'll tell you something I believe. Most people, when they think about what someone else might do, assume that that person would do what they would do. They generalize about people's behavior based on their own inclinations.
I believe that American conservatives are basically self-serving people, without a shred of morality. They know that nothing short of the threat of force will prevent them from taking whatever advantage of others they can. They assume that everyone else in the world is the same, and therefore nothing except fear can keep them in line. Despite their constant religious talk, they cannot really imagine that anyone might do anything because it is the right thing to do.
This is my view of the "Christian" right and conservatives in general, based on forty years of observation. They are, virtually without exception, weak people who must be forced to act responsibly.