Originally posted by creamsoda
(If this is in the wrong thread please move it)
Okay yall now I have a question. For anybody who does NOT live in America or the North American region. What do you think about us? I want your
truthful and honest opinions. No hard feelings (if there is any). I just want to know. Do you think we are spoiled? Talk about everything you
think I ought to know. I want to know what you think about our government, freedom, products, and the way we handle "terrorism".. Please express
your opinions about us. If you would like, please tell me what you think we (The U.S) could do better about our country.
Edit: Sorry but I have to throw this in because of a response I got. This thread is NOT for anybody to fight, and if this thread becomes a fight
between americans and non americans, I would like the Mods to delete it. Please keep it nice!
[edit on 2/7/05 by creamsoda]
I am not an American. I am from Europe.
The problem is not with Americans, but with American foreign policy. Simply put, USA (the federal government, not the people) feel like Romans: they
are an empire, they own the world, they can do as they please. That's wrong from all sides, as history teaches us.
On the other hand, citizens of the US are just like all other people. Some are good, some are bad. Some are clever, some aren't. The problem is that
the establishment/government has formed a sort of 'matrix' for them, shielding them from viewing what's going on. For example, many Americans
think that the GW Bush administrator is a democracy and freedom spreading government...this is because Americans, at the base level, are ignorant of
history and what goes on outside of their country.
The reason why Americans (and of course others, too) are so a-politic is that the capitalistic culture gives an emphasis on material goods, not on
cultural, philosophical and spiritual development.
Of course it is not only USA to blame; the situation is pretty much the same in Europe, in Australia and every place that the 'western' culture has
invaded. So the problem is about the 'western' culture, not USA. The mentality of imperialism is derived from Europe; let's not forget that the
people that set out to conquer the world were mostly Europeans.
There is no real freedom and democracy in America today. The word 'democracy' comes from the ancient Greek world 'Democratia', which means a state
('cratos') that is governed by the people ('demos'). So democracy means that everyone is capable of being elected, every citizen can be the
president. We all know that it is not true. The truth is that USA 's political system is 'oligarchy': a few people with the means to promote
themselves and with the right connections are the only ones that can be candidates for presidents.
The US government does not care at all about terrorism. In fact, they enjoy terrorism: it is a great tool for them. They have an excuse for invading
any arab country. Arab nations are important for USA, for two reasons:
a) they have the oil. The american dream is based on that.
b) Russia is being slowly surrounded. The cold war is not over yet, in fact, it was never over. It just went undercover.
If we take a look at was has happened in the last few years, we will find the following:
a) 9/11 took place.
b) USA chased OBL.
c) USA invaded Iraq with the excuse of WMDs.
d) USA claims that they were no WMDs.
e) USA blaims Iran that has WMDs.
So I can't say that USA really fights terrorism. They clearly don't. If they were, they would have gone after OBL. That they don't care about OBL
any more, as Bush has said, it's clear proof that USA does not care about terrorism at all.
American products are average, to say the least. Once upon a time, they were great. But corporations, in order to get more profit, intentionally
lowered the quality of their products, and in the same time, they shipped their production line overseas, lowering the production cost x10 while
keeping the prices at the same level. In the meantime, real American patriots lost their jobs.
Of course, most of the above is valid for other countries, too, in varying degree.
The moral of the story is that USA is being slowly destroyed from capitalism. USA become great from free enterprise, but now people have become greedy
and slowly suck out of the system every resource that can be sucked.
Money is God!