About Sometimes, Making Peace Means Making War
|November 15th, 2005||#1|
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|November 15th, 2005||#2|
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First of all, let me make clear that I greatly appreciate and respect those that fought wars all over the world. I've seen many cemetaries and I'm always humbled by these men that gave their life.
But what I do find disturbing is something else and I'll try to make it clear by an example. For the last few years I go to France to watch the Tour de France. Because of Lance a lot of Americans come and watch the tour (where were they when it was won by Europeans?) and I notice that they give their own interpretation of this event.
The Tour is a teamsport where many nationalities act together for a common goal. Why are the Americans constantly screamig "USA, USA, USA? You can tell them because their bikes are covered in the stars and stripes. And whenever they see Lance on the tele their automatically start with USA USA again. Why? Where does this nationalism come from? And what does it have to do with cycling?
Another example is that one guy disobeyed orders from the gendarmes, and when they stopped him he start yelling that they couldn't do that because "He was an American"! It is this mentality which makes me rise my eyebrows once in a while. Where does this attitude come from and what do you need it for?
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
Sir Winston Churchill
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The USA USA USA chanting is a natural byproduct of our genuine love of country and our fellow citizens
Seriously tho, Americans do love to root for their fellows.
As you may find it strange for us to do so, we tend to find it sad that y'all dont do the same for you and yours.
There are those that will say we are too proud...but I say those are not proud enough. Everyone of every country should be proud and wanting to cheer their own on to greater glory.
As for that knucklehead resisting arrest...he's a dumb*** and I hope he got extra charges lumped ontop of what ever dumba**edness he'd originally committed.
Not all Americans act that way when, as tourists, they get confronted by cops. The only ones recognized are those that happen to be inbred and dumb*** enough to act like that.
Btw, that's not unique to Americans in Europe. It's not uncommon for traverlers from european countries to pull pretty much the same dumb***edness here when confronted by our cops.
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Besides yes, the Tour is a team sport and we had an American team there and Americans cheered their team which was led by Lance. How boring to do otherwise.
Back on topic. I have cross trained with the Canadian Forces both here and in Canada and found them to be very respectful and never discourteous. Even visiting as a civilian I have found Canadians to be as warm and friendly as any people I have ever met.
Sure there are political differences and they change as time passes. My feelings about Canada are that of a good neighbor and friend who will generally be with us when the chips are down.
I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which in truth, they are.
Gen. W.T. Sherman
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The dutch man didnt get the very point of the article.
All most Europeans do is to rush to blame every thing on the Americans.
|November 16th, 2005||#6|
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Americans generally can't understand why we are not as nationalistic as they are. Frankly, neither do I.
It might be because we are actually less proud of our own countries.
Also, the look-down-on-the-Americans attitude is pretty widespread over here.
As far as Canadians, I remember their America bashing thing, I think it's more a reflex, though. I mean they are not that different, and that upsets them.
"Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it".
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|November 16th, 2005||#8|
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1)display their flag
2)sing the anthem
Ain't that sad?
|November 16th, 2005||#9|
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When I was serving in the USMC, I alwase considered myself as serving to protect the Canada and Mexico as well as the USA.
I am sorry if that offends anyone.
I never felt resentful about it..or really thought much on the subject.
Canada and Mexico are neighbors and in the Cold War, most of what was bad was also stuff that didnt much recognize borders.
I've alwase respected Canada. For their population and economic size, they alwase seemed to be able to provide good troops to alot of places that US Military would have to cover otherwise.
As far as Canada's expression of Anti-Americanism...they're no worse than Americans on that. Besides, the idea that America is by nature an evil place of rot and disfunction predates even the foundation of America as a nation.
Back in the olden days, it was accepted cutting edge science that due to excessive humidity, anyone setting foot on the New World would begin an immediate and unavoidable decay.
And according to the accepted philosophies of Europe during the early 20th century, Americans were "somewhat less than human".