Originally posted by centurion1211
lose your envy-based reasoning and just make the best of what you have in your country. Like any living creature on this
planet, we will fight if we have to to maintain what we feel is ours to defend.
[edit on 7/6/2006 by centurion1211]
Firstly, let me say that I live in the best country in the world (England) and therefore I have no envy of the USA.
Are Americans addicted to war? Thats a good question.
I think that, on an individual basis you would find that the average American doesn't relish the idea of war at all!
The problem with the USA is that its huge. Being huge means that it contains nearly everything its people need, which can lead to an insular way of
thinking. Face it, you never need to leave the USA for anything.
Theres the old chestnut that "75% of the US population doesn't have a passport" - from what I can find on the net its actually approximately 60
million out of a population of 295 Million (around 20%, or, to be blunt 235 million people)
235 million people is a whole lot of humans who have never set foot outside of their own country.
So why am I banging on about this? Well, thats 235 million people who don't know any better than what they see/hear and read in the US media. And why
should they? They have no need for anything else.
The trap comes when the "government" reaches out and touches those 235 million people with a message. And in recent years they have been touched
with paranoia, fear and mistrust.
And THATS where the problem - or in this case the image of bloodthirsty Americans - comes from.
You see, when the US Government told those 235 million people that a country in the Middle East had WMD's and was a direct threat to American
interests they had the rather easy task of convincing a large chunk of them that they should be heading for the fallout shelters simply because - and
i hate to say this - they didn't know any better. They didn't know any better because they had no need to, and its a damn site easier to convince a
captive audience of something than it is to convince one who goes out into the world and sees for itself.
And suddenly the world sees on American forums things like "glassify Iraq/Iran/North Korea" or "We're fighting for our freedom" and it thinks
WTF? Who are these people? What right have they to say that? Why the hell can't they stick to their corner of the world and have done with it?
And its those people who "fly the flag" for their country, because they are the ones who stick in memory.
Just like the American arch-sterotype of all English people sitting down for tea, speaking in really crappy Dick-Van Dyke (he wasn't English) cockney
accents, having bad teeth and being football hooligans. Or of the French being "onion sellers" (sic).
So no.... Americans aren't addicted to war. The people who run their country might be. They may think "war is the only way to prop up the economy",
they may think "god sent me to do it" or be doing it for the oil. They may even actually be acting in what they percieve to be everyones best
interests, but one thing is sure, they DO have a whole lot of ignorance on their side.