Originally posted by shoo
And at least in the EU nearly no country has enough patriotism to stand this.
[edit on 26-7-2004 by shoo]
That sir I take as a personal insult and find a totaly unsupported and totaly false statement.
Patriotisme is not something invented by and special about americans you know.
European country's are proud of their heritage and are very willing to fight for their ideals and land. We do not however like to go fight wars all
over the world where we have no bussines in the first place.
The difference between the EU and US countries is that we have had 2 WW's fought on our soil and know how it feels to spend decades under largescale
terror with heavy losses. We just know better then to goto conflict all over the globe, we know how it feels to be occupied, to be overrun by an
Do you know, that in an country like belgium, every single year, we still find bombs, mines and old shells all over our land, dating to the world
When you goto the ardennes here, for a forrest hike, you can't walk a mile without comming across an impact crater.
When you go for a walk in the lands, the fields, at sea in the dunes and whole lot of other places, you stumble upon old bunkers, memorial signs and
other reminders of the World Wars.
We are constantly reminded of what the war feels like, although its been almost 60 years since it passed.
Patriotisme or willingness to fight has nothing to do with it.
The European nations have the World Wars still fresh in their memory's, they experienced it on the reciever end, we just know bettter then war, from
hard and painfull experience.
You'll propably say now, yeah, but the US had heavy casualty's in the World Wars.
Well, the US shipped of loads and loads of their men to war and a load of them never came back. The US people only remember sending their men and not
getting them back.
They don't remember the terror of the fights happening on their doorsteps and seeing all these men die with their own eyes, they don't remember
spending years of being afraid of bombardments, strikes, cities burnt down and so on.
Belgium lost a good deal of its cultural heritage due to the world wars, resulting in it that pritty much every pre war building gets classified and
protected these days.