Originally posted by davespanners
One thing that always confuses me as a Brit is that the Britain was at least as guilty of interference in other countries, overthrowing foreign
leaders, meddling with the middle east and mass slaughter yet as I understand it we weren't subject to the same level of international hatred,
obviously by the time the empire was finishing and we were getting kicked out of everywhere that had changed, but it seems that the Brits aren't
judged that harshly at all even retrospectively.
Is it just a case of a change in attitude to imperialism?
[edit on 5-9-2010 by davespanners]
[edit on 5-9-2010 by davespanners]
Well, actually time heals all wounds. I mean, the British ultimatum of 1822 addressed to Portugal was shameful and dishonest. The way you treated
indians in India was the same. The tea wars were the same. I mean, England has done worse things and in greater scale than America FOR THEIR TIME for
sure (I mean, we and you have more than a 1000 years of history than the U.S., so it's natural that we did f up a lot more, me guesses), the thing
is some were such a long time ago most people don't know it or don't remember anymore. Since the U.S. deeds are being done today, and thanks to the
massive information we have these days, it's natural they are hated. I don't blame americans for the war, but I certainly blame them for their
government (I mean... you put it there where it is, now didn't you?).
I sometimes am too harsh when talking about americans, maybe because of personal intelectual arrogance, because, and truth be told, americans tend to
focus of what happens in america, period. Americans aren't good or educated regarding multiple things, but they excel in their areas of expertise,
which is their way of doing things. What buggers me the most, though, is the attitude: we are the greatest nation in the world, we must be the best at
everything (and you're certainly very good at effin up, I say), we must have the widest, larger, most expensive EVERYTHING (I mean, I've been to
quite some countries and I tell you that I have never seen any other selling 2.64 gallons of Orange Juice in a single recipient, nor anywhere else
exists a gallon of milk), ... maybe it's your life style, but let me tell you it's quite absurd and nihilist.
As for patriotism: we're all patriots, I love my country, you love yours, fair enough. The main difference is that you are being sent to Iraq not
because of your country, nor your freedom, but to ensure the next generation of americans get their oil at the cheapest price possible, and by doing
that you fill someone's pockets in the process. You shouldn't believe everything that your country tells you, as you surely know, but yet you keep
on doing it. I won't die for a barrel of oil, nor for a lunatic's revenge, and I'd promtply tell my country to F*CK OFF if I felt it wanted me to
do something imoral. I'd surely run away, and think not this is being a coward: a coward is someone who takes advantage on another when that another
can't defend himself, THAT IS A COWARD! Which is what you've been doing in Iraq and Afghanistan regarding civilians, and in Guantanamo Bay, etc. I
deny entering a war (and you aren't even in a war, but in an illegal state of terrorism that wan't approved by your congress. That brings to mind
the word "convenient") that IN NO WAY helps my country, me or my compères.
There's plenty of looney war and military supporters around ATS, which usually make me laugh for the amount of nonsense that their esophagus expand,
but still it makes me laugh a bit. What I don't understand is why so stubborn. Was it for a greater cause or end, and I'd understand, but never when
it comes to annihilation or greed. Look inside to find a terrorist. You definitely will. Peace.
[edit on 7-9-2010 by Faustian Spirit]