United States - how are we seen?




 
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September 23rd, 2004  
godofthunder9010
 
 

Topic: United States - how are we seen?


I'd like to get a feeling for how the USA is seen by those not in the United States on this forum. Most importantly, what are some thoughts about the US military/diplomatic involvement internationally? If you are from the US, please don't respond. Just looking for the brutally honest truth here.
September 23rd, 2004  
SAINT
 
well.. from Singapore's point of view, the US is seen to lead the world in almost all aspects of the worldly affairs. In politics, in arms, in economy... and most importantly, in maintaining world peace and order.

I think no other country in the world will be so involved in maintaining peace and security in the world as much as the US. In short, the world's prosperity relies heavily on the US.

Americans may not feel that heavy burden of responsibility and example that most of the world see and follow the US. For most Americans, everyday is just another day.

Especially friends of the US see America as the forerunner of many things which we may copy and adopt from America. Be it social, economical or political.
September 23rd, 2004  
Italian Guy
 
 
Yeah yeah SAINT is right. Uhm, specially Europe hasnt got the balls to spend men and money to protect itself. Shame on us.
The US helps promote stability and democracy in the world.
I would be speaking Russian now if hundreds of thousands young americans hadnt sacrificed their lives for ME. For us all.
Gratitude is the feeling of true men.
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September 23rd, 2004  
AlexKall
 
This is my view and not "my" countrys view.

Bad thing: nationalism in the highs, or patrioism as its called over there.
Which is a thing that buggs me.

Good thing: opertunitys land.
September 23rd, 2004  
Shadowalker
 
 
America is seen here as being the dominant country in the world, but also being self-centred, in that you bully other countries and dont respect any views apart from your own - nationalism/patriotism is again something that bugs us as you were your heart on your sleeve with the love you have for your country which makes you look like you dont care about other countries views and your seen as being ignorant about global issues, foreign countries customs/beliefs etc.
September 23rd, 2004  
FlyingFrog
 
We Chinese generally "hate" Americans to act like "world police", messing up in other countries internal affairs, quite sick of this.

For Chinese special case, it is Taiwan, without USA we can solve Taiwan problem easily and in a peaceful way just like we did to HongKong, but USA is messing up there, of course for the interests of Americans, not really for Taiwanese.

Except Taiwan issue, Chinese generally like the country of USA and the people Americans.

But he*l, USA cannot make trouble to China for long time more, China is rising, who is to bully whom is a big question in the near future (just kidding)
September 23rd, 2004  
Eric
 
In France, the american way is seen as a threat to our culture and most of what is imported or copied there is not the best America could provide. Nobody forces the French to adopt the base ball hat toward the back and the baggy pants dragging crotches on a the curb...sure! but come on: the US marketting is huge and via TV shows, movies and video Games the junk culture is spreading like the plague.
Politically, the US is a young powerful country, a kid, a bully with attention disorder and short term memory. Italian guy is right, I would be German or Russian without the cold war....but I know better now and history showed me it was not just an act of greatness of heart. For one country the US brought freedom too, I can easily name one that was messed up, most of the time with a good intent at the start.
As far as remembering our debts, again, we celebrate May 8 and October 11 every year on top of each little city or town celebrating its liberation day. Military honors, vets, civilians crowd the US military cemetaries back home and "celebrate" all the US soldiers who died for us...we remember! In America everything was packed up in Vets day! I wonder how many among you can right away, from the top of their head, tell me what 6/6, 5/8 and 10/11 are? We all do and it is a day off!
As far as relations go you have 3 things in motion: the media and their agenda but not representative of the people (french hatred vs US hatred), the politicians (power play, national agenda) and the military (France is the second force provider in Afghanistan after the US, supports the US in Haiti and former Yugoslavia, just moved to help Sudan on its own and has 1 third of its total forces deployed in various countries within the UN or NATO!).
We have our own culture, national agenda, sensitivity. Too often the US tried to boss us around or stabbed us on the back too (Indochina, Suez).
It is the famous French - American love-hate partnership!
September 23rd, 2004  
AsianAmerican
 
 
Seems like us Americans are the most hated country in the world?
September 23rd, 2004  
FlyingFrog
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by AsianAmerican
Seems like us Americans are the most hated country in the world?
You are American citizen therefore you are NOT allowed to mess in the Topic

Check the Original Post, NO Americans
September 23rd, 2004  
AsianAmerican
 
 
hehehehhe just wanted to state the obvious