I know I am a late comer to this thread, and I'm sure that this has been posted several times already here, but I would like to thank the OP for this
thread..... it is important I think, for us Americans to see just how we are preceived in the eyes of the rest of the world. I also want to thank the
OP for the careful way it was posted and not coming right out with another US basing thread. Well done, friend.
I watched with a certain amount of disqust as my fellow countrymen cheered at the news of the death of OBL....while we condemned the very same actions
by other world citizens after 9/11 and watched in utter horror as Somalians danced and cheered when they shot down one of our helicopters. I see these
actions by some of my countrymen as hypocritical, which I unfortunately believe is exactly one of the discriptions tagged to the US by many in other
Do I blame them for seeing my country in such an ill light? No, I do not. We've done this to ourselves and we deserve what disdain is thrown in our
direction. I would have thought we, collectively, would have acted with a little more couth and decorum.
Tell me other world citizens, where there mass crowds of frenzied populous cheering and such in your countries? Britain? Spain? Your citizens were
murdered just like ours in the name of terror. Did you have masses cheering in the streets at the death of OBL? If there were, we did not see them
here plastered all over our TVs, but I'm fairly well certain you all bore witness to ours. For my country, please allow me to extend my sincerest
apologies as for a long time now we have not given you much reason to see us in the best light.
One may get the idea here that I am not in favor of any actions to rid the world of groups with intent to do harm, to any of us in any country. This
is not the case. I've no love lost for OBL, AQ or Taliban or any other hate group who's sole purpose is to inflict harm to anyone. However, while
I am concerned about what happens now with these groups I am much more concerned about the terrorists right here in my own country, and I'm not
referring to sleeper cells.
The World English Dictionary defines a terrorist as this:
a. a person who employs terror or terrorism, esp as a political weapon
And the definition of terrorism as this:
1. systematic use of violence and intimidation to achieve some goal
Now I ask, how could the US not be seen in the eyes of the rest of the world any differently than OBL? So go ahead my fellow countrymen, fill your
hearts with pride and joy that we got the 'boogey-man'. Just please do not get too outraged when the rest of the world cheers when this once proud,
distinguished and respected nation is brought to it's knees and put in it's place.