posted by goran319
I’ve seen in the forums a lot of people asking why the world "hates" America. I myself am a naturalized citizen from Kurdistan (hate to call it
Iran, Iraq, Turkey or Syria). I personally love the country and the things its offered my family but by talking to people I’ve noticed that people
don’t in fact hate Americans but rather see it stupid that Americans would so easily ignore world events or allow themselves to be so ignorant.
[Edited by Don W]
I’ve wondered that too. I taught school in the USAF and had students from several foreign countries. It was so obvious that people from abroad knew
more about America than most of the people I grew up with. And as for foreign affairs, most Americans can’t spell “foreign.” Half of those who
can think members of the CFR - Council on Foreign Relations - are KGB plants. As for your homeland, “Kurdistan (hate to call it Iran, Iraq, Turkey
or Syria” very few Americans know why you have added 4 countries after the name, Kurdistan. Just as I doubt many Americans know where or why
Balochistan is. Or what is meant by referring to “the -stans.”
I remember once during the McCarthy era that the Navy arrested a flying officer in Charleston SC for having “classified” information in his home.
It turned out the pilot had a copy of the Brit’s magazine, “Interavia,” a leading monthly on airplanes and so on. It frequently scooped other
news sources with data and specs on military aircraft, which was classified by the US Navy.
I think this peculiarly American condition is due to what I call the Post War-Two Anomaly. The closest similar myopia is found in the Han of China.
“ . . In other countries, say Venezuela, people would protest things they don’t like or stand up for their rights. but here in the US people will
sit by and let gasoline prices rocket from around .80 cents a gallon to $3 a gallon in a span of no more than 7 or 8 years. It’s these inactions
that the rest of the world does not like, not actually the American people themselves.”
The PW-2A is that time frame from 1945 to 1990. Two generations. After War 2, the US was alone amongst the industrialized countries of the world not
to have suffered horrendous damage to its homeland. The US has always had about 5% of the world’s population.
Yet, we had over 50% of all the things you measure a nation’s strength with. We produced over 50% of the steel. Mined over 50% of the coal.
Generated over 50% of the world’s electricity. Possessed over 50% of the worlds cars and trucks. Have over 50% of the rail mileage of the world. We
had 90% of the world’s gold supply (South Africa excluded.) And etc and etc.
Foreigners had to learn English. American English. Foreigners had to learn to calculate exchange rates versus the US dollar. Foreigners had to have
visas to get entry but in most of the world, Americans could travel without visas. Most countries wanted our tourist dollars. There was a good movie
about this called “The Man In the Gray Flannel Suit.” Gregory Peck.
Since the 2nd Chinese Revolution of 1977, times have changed and changed rapidly. Globalization. Not that the process is new, it’s just that China
(as Japan had earlier) quite making junk and trinkets and got serious about making things people want and need. Quality goods. Competitive with goods
made in Germany, Switzerland, and the US of A. And cheaper. Also, Malaysia and so on.
It takes time to accommodate to new conditions. We’ll make it, but it will take another decade or two to get back to normal.
[edit on 6/25/2006 by donwhite]