posted on Aug, 11 2010 @ 08:56 PM
I am from Australia. I have no problem with a majority of Americans just as I dont have a problem with a majority of Aussies. You, us, & all nations
have psychos who are totally irrational. We dont think that is an acurate representation of the American people.
One problem that people around the world has is that a lot of Americans have no real idea what is out in the rest of the world. For example, we had a
comedy show here that had a US based 'correspondent'.
He would go out in the streets of NY, LA & other big citys (as well as small towns) & ask questions about the USA & the world. One question I clearly
remember was along the lines of "What do you think of being at war with (not against) Australia ?" About 90% of people could not identify Australia
on a map, and about 50% responded along the lines of "We should just nuke them off the map & end it all, wipe those scum off the planet".
People honestly had no idea who we are, where we are, or the simple fact that Australia has been a US ally in every conflict since WW1. People didnt
know we are on your side. Maybe thats a reflection on your education system, maybe not, thats for people from the US to decide why theres so little
knowledge of the rest of the world.
Some Aussys dont like the fact we ally with the US, personally Im glad, I like having the big kid on the block having my back if I need it.
I once had an 'argument' with an American, & I was on your defence, & I think my reasoning may be supported by what you say. His argument backed
that comedy show, that the people of the USA were totally ignorant of the rest of the world & he was sick of it giving the majority of people a bad
name in the eyes of the world.
I argued that while true, you could use the excuse that there is SO much happening in the USA on a daily basis that it would be near impossible to
cover all your own news, let alone the rest of the world. Admittedly it would be nice to see your citizens capable of finding us on a map (so maybe
that part is a schooling issue). We down here have a population of about 22 million, you have over 14 times that. I dont think I was able to convince
him of the excuse I was handing him to use in defence of his own country. Before you abuse him for not being patriotic, I can assure you he is, he
worked in your space program, he is just embarrassed about the, in his opinion, lack of international knowledge of the US people. I tried to make an
excuse for you but he didnt buy it.
In my opinion, there is so much the American people have to deal with at home that I can understand why you would withdraw to fix these problems for a
while. If life gets too much for me, I withdraw to limit my exposure to new problems. Still, that isnt reason enough for people to abuse us for not
sharing your point of view & the solution is to nuke us (considering we do share your views). Maybe knowing who your allies are would be handy
knowledge, handy for anyone in every day life (who are your allies at work?).
I know theres other people out there who have different issues with the USA, that is the problem that I see. The only thing that makes it worse are
those with the attitude of "who cares what you think of us." Apparently there are some who do, & its an easy one to fix.