Originally posted by wutone
People hate the USA because it is assumed that the USA can do whatever it wants to do but it is only doing what it wants to do out of sheer national
interest and not using it's power to solve everyone's problems.
That's the thing, wutone. Americans seems to believe that the rest of the world wants them to stick thier noses in and "solve everyones problems".
I'm not American and I can tell you that from everything I've read in anything that isn't American, the rest of the world wants America to stay out
of it's affairs, not come in and try to solve everyone else's problems by Americas standards. That's generally when things get all mucked up.
Different cultures have different standards. Sometimes I agree with them and sometimes I don't. But I don't presume that my beliefs are any more
valid than anyone else's save for the most extreme conditions. (ie; genocide, and extreme cruelty).
America is a great nation. One of the worlds finest, no doubt. But Americans tend to have an attitude of absolute superiority (euclid?). No matter who
you are, that is unjust. America is not far and away the greatest pinnacle of human achievement. America is an extraordinarily powerfull nation. But
not the envy of the world, nor the head of the world.
I lived in America. 6 months as a preschooler in Louisiana. What I remember most is fireants, stink bugs, and the time my mom was in the grocery store
and the manager made an elderly black woman get out of the way so white people, (my mom included), wouldn't be delayed any further. My mom sais he
was quite rude and insulting about it, too. Granted that was about 27 years ago now, but it still makes me sick. I've never seen anything even
remotely comparable to that in Canada. (ie; the only other place I've ever experienced).
I do love America. It's beautifull land, it's brilliant marketing (ie;Marlboro, Harley Davidson, McDonalds, Walmart, Coke, Pepsi.....). I love
American TV, music and movies. I ,(as all Canadians were), was raised on it. I love Americans, on an indavidual basis. But I hate American politics,
as a whole. Do you seriously believe that you're less brainwashed than anyone else? More if anything from an outward observers standpoint. You're
not as free as you think you are. Nor as just. And this last decade, you've been in a steep downword spiral in my opinion. Anyways, be well
[edit on 9/11/2008 by Static Sky]