I know by posting this I am going to be met with hostility but I'm sorry I have felt the need to post this because I've noticed more and more that
unless something directly affects America then it isn't news. Contrary to what some may believe on here America is not the centre of the Universe!
This isn't directed at all Americans, because I know there are many on here who aren't narrow minded and do see the bigger picture, but I have also
noticed more and more some American ATS posters who just seem to have a complete disregard for anything unless it is happening in America. They seem
unable to empathise, or even try to put themselves in the position of other Countries.
I am not an America hater. Far from it I love American people and I consider them to be our closest allies. However, I do know that some who bear a
grudge against America say it is because they feel they are arrogant, insular and the World Police. I have never felt like that but I am beginning to
see some of these things. The crisis which is going on in Europe and UK has definitely highlighted some of those traits.
Europe and the UK cannot be compared to America. Although, we are very similar in so many ways we also have lots of differences with our demographics,
policies and beliefs but what astounds me is that it seems on here, in particular, that if it isn't happening in America then it isn't news. I see
so many times how the situation with the immigration crisis in Europe is compared to America and the fact that they have immigrants and there is
somehow a self-rightenous about it. Europe and the UK have taken in hundreds of thousands of Immigrants. We are open and welcoming Countries and
have always accepted people and helped people in times of need. Even though the UK is a little island and there are austerity measure, we are the
second largest donor in the World. We have given £1 billion in Foreign Aid. The same with European Countries they collectively give large amounts.
This immigration is different it is people coming from a completely different culture and mindset in their hundreds of thousands. It has now reached
1 million this year and is growing. This has happened just over a few months. Regardless of where these people are coming from how do Americans
think they would cope with these numbers? How would Americans feel if these people were coming over to their shores by boat in their hundreds of
thousands and just walking over their borders without any security checks? In America, the security checks following 9/11 are extremely strict even
for Westerners just going there on holiday, because they believe in keeping their citizens safe, so I can never imagine a situation where America
would allow this to happen on their shores. Maybe that's why some Americans on here can't empathise because they know it will never happen
However, what really upsets me is the comments telling Europeans and British people we have somehow deserved it because of war. I am sorry how any
American can utter these words is beyond me. If it is the case that all these people are coming here because of war (which I deny is the case) then
this IS the time that America should be the centre of Universe. However, that doesn't seem to be the case when looking at articles such as this in
the Guardian www.theguardian.com...
where it says that America have
taken an handful of Syrian refugees.
I'm not saying America should really take these refugees, because I don't believe they should, for the same reasons we here in Europe and UK don't
want to take them all, because the cultures are so different and because there is a war taking place in the Countries they are running from, which is
really against all non-muslims. I believe we are mad and America are the sane ones. However, in saying that, I just wish Americans would open up
their minds a little and look beyond American demographics and imagine how they would feel if is this was on their shores. I've seen people saying
they are bored with this however, imagine if this was on American shores I am sure we would hear about nothing else. Just please try and empathise or
if you really do believe Europeans and the UK should be taking these people because of past mistakes, then please look in the mirror and then push
your government to do more, because I think they should above anyone!