reply to post by poedxsoldiervet
I'm sorry, I haven't seen any of the America bashing threads, so I'm more than a little confused and upset by the tone of your thread.
If Europeans have been attacking America, then I agree that it's unjustified, in the grand scheme of things.
Can I just say, you are absolutely entitled to your opinion, and you have researched many aspects of American history,
and some European and African history very well.
For my own part, I am Scottish, I am British, and I am European. (In that order!!)
In Scotland, many years ago, we had a feudal clan system. The clans were extended families really, who were constantly vying for control and power,
resulting in very many struggles, battles, and wars. Not to mention fighting off foreign invaders from England, Scandinavia and beyond.
In Britain, in very ancient times, there were various tribes, struggling for control and power, resulting in very many struggles, battles and wars.
Not to mention foreign invaders....
In Europe, there are around 50 completely independent Nation states/countries.
In each and every one of these countries, there have been struggles, battles and wars, both between internal factions and against external forces.
For many centuries, there has been a power struggle between competing nations within Europe.
Europe was, by far the most advanced continent on the planet, in terms of technology, science, education, the military etc. for centuries.
When a European nation discovered a possible new source of land, raw materials, precious commodities, or any exploitable resources, they grabbed it
with both hands, in an attempt to get one step ahead of their rivals. This could include many, if not all, of the points you raised against European
behaviours in your OP. And this is where your criticism of Europe is perhaps, a little unwarranted?
You see, Europe is not one country, and it never has been, since "civilised" man started settling there.... (From Africa incidentally... Probably
seeking Liberty and Freedom!!! but I'll skip that one for now, since it really is from pre-history!)
The "crimes against humanity" that you describe, happened as a direct result of the individual nations of Europe, competing with one another, or
being threatened with dominance by their rivals. They saw resource stripping, and enslaving of nations which they deemed "inferior", as the natural
order of that time. It was justified, in their eyes, by the need to stay ahead of their enemies. However wrong this may seem to us today.
Unfortunately, such has been the nature of humankind, (not just Europeans). We are competitive the world over. We are power hungry, We are "tribal",
and We generally exploit the weak, the whole world over.
In modern times, the USA has been seen as the dominant power.
So, unfortunately, you guys may be in the firing line at the moment.
You are the big guys, dominating the weaker ones. And what your government spins to you as freedom, liberty and the war on terror, can easily be
viewed from the outside, as throwing your weight about and acting like a bullying "world police" force. Whether that's true or not.
There is no real justification for many human behaviours, but in my opinion, we are all pretty much as bad as one another, in the grand scheme of
Verbally (or textually) attacking modern America, OR historical Europe for that matter, is pretty pointless at the end of the day.
How much better would things be, if we could all work together, in peace, to create a stable, safe, healthy environment, to pass on to our collective
And in a parody of an Auld Scots Saying that can't be repeated here, I'll close with the observation that...
There's TWO chances of that happening! ..... Zero and None! (Expletives avoided!!)