reply to post by freedomwv
I do agree to some of your post, however, there is much I do not agree with. With my job, and before when I was in college, I've had to the
opportunity to live, work, and study abroad. From Canada to Chile, Europe, Africa, and many Asian nations I have visited, the conclusion of Americans
as stupid or evil depends on geography, religion, and history. Also, generation and family are in the deciding factor of what people think.
I just got back a month ago from a four year stint in Greece, Poland, Denmark, and the UK. Because of where I work involves military personnel and
bases, I can get the extremes of anti-American sentiment and disgust (though it only happened when I was in a nation that is "democratic", though
it's more a tyranny of a majority due to religious and extreme conservative laws that is not voted on as it supersedes all laws due to religious
values) as well as being treated as family. What I find odd is that countries that were eastern block behind-the-curtain "commies" seem to have
more people with pro-American attitude than those who have been long term allies.
As I have had the opportunity to speak with so many people for business and social reasons, such as going to the local pub or events, I always inquire
people and groups on where they have lived, visited, and who they work for. After this small talk I find it fascinating to ask if they would like to
visit the United States and what do they think about American people, culture, and Government. Also, I find it best to ask when people have been
drinking for the fact that I seem to get a more direct and honest answer. I have been told that Americans are stupid because the way how they treat
other countries if demands are not met or how Americans flaunt their "illegally obtained" riches, or x, y, and z. In most cases I change their mind
of American people and show them that their view is based on what the American government and their media portrays Americans. In reality, I am not
deceiving them in any way as the vast majority of why people either dislike Americans is due to this reason.
In the sense of the media, I have seen countless instances of journalists/Reporters/etc report a story that are twisted due to personal bias or
opinion on American foreign and domestic affairs. Lets be honest, we all have seen this from local news about city council races to national news.
An example of this was when I was watching a local station in Greece around the time of the American military withdrawal from Iraq and was shocked
when the journalist stated the "War for oil in Iraq" rather than "Iraq war". Obviously, this would entice some anger toward the US, and more
specific the American people.
Moving on, I explain that there are assholes in every country that try and decorate themselves with overbearing jewelry. Everywhere we go we see
people who do this, not just US. I also go into "The real housewives of..." or "Kim Kardashian this" is not how most people dress or act. It's
entertaining television to most as it shows snobby, spoiled trash that I am sad to say are Americans. As for wars, I must disagree with the
assumption that you wrote about how the commander-in-chief was the only entity that wanted to go to war. Yes, he was one of the many people who
pushed others for the invasion of Iraq due to faulty intelligence. I don't know to blame him for the intelligence or not since it is not clear as
other foreign intelligence agencies claimed the same conclusion. Claiming that Bush was the only person wanting to go to war is inaccurate as both
Congress and the UN authorized military action, and in many cases pushed for action. The bottom line is that when it comes down to it, caviar eating
politicians pushed for this as well others who were mislead to do so.
When it comes to military action, this is the hot subject when talking to people from other nations. We both agree that most every country with power
has a problem using the military. Both when they should but don't (with Genocide in Africa or when politicians try and find ways not to go to war
with genocidal regimes by calling genocide "Ethnic cleansing" due to "Genocide" is mandated that countries will go to war to stop such atrocities.
Bottom line is that most other nations resentment against America is due to politicians and politics, when are incorrectly reflected on American
people. I could write on and on about this and may later on as there are many other views as to why American people are disliked.
Please let me know if you get the same reactions/replies from people, as well as some unique reasons of resentment. I may write out about foreigners
who like us and why. Wow, a few beers and 5000 words later.....