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Reader comment on item: The Iran Deal Is 'Bizarre' and 'Wretched'
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Submitted by Mohammed Waza Khiddif Id'ullah (Australia), Aug 7, 2015 at 06:21

"...You'r an Agnostic and I am, if you judge me by my associates, either Evangelical, Jewish or Roman Catholic...."

Agnostic? Put a space between the 'a' and 'g' and you'd be closer to the truth.

"..When we start to talk, of course, Barack and I are on one side, and you're on the other..."

True - and it's not just the language. Americans are much more extrovert in general and much more concerned about their personal rights. It seems to me you live in a more litigious society where people take and give offence more readily. Could be a thing that happened in the last 30 years maybe though. If you watch old black and white movies - there's been a profound change in the way people treated each other. Probably started to change in the mid-60's .

"...When I lived in Australia, people there seemed to identify as either "British" or "New Australian".

You mustn't have met any of the large number of Irish or Scots in your time here then.

"Aussies of all extractions used to call Englishmen "POMEs", which I heard was short for "People of Mother England".

'Pommie' or simply 'a pom' is slang for a Brit. It was taken from the 'Prisoner Of Mother England" on convict clothes apparently. These days though we're flooded with so many from non-Western cultures that being a 'pom' is a good thing.

"If you're a White Australian, chances are that we look more like each other than I do to Barack Obama"

Yes, white Australan , except in summer. I have very little English in my bloodline though - could be as little as 1/32 or 1/64. 100% Irish on 1 side, mostly German, Belgian , Irish on the other. Obviously the English input was necessary for me to be me - so I'm not complaining.

I think that racial identification is quite fundamental in our psyches. I've lived in northern Europe - and saw that I was seeing the locals as just like me - except having the misfortune of not having English as their first language ;- ). That just does not happen on visits to Asia - or India or the Middle East or Africa. Not that I've been to the last 3 - but racially and culturally they are indeed foreign. Exotic, interesting maybe , but definitely foreign. Now of course I have Chinese firend shere - and some that have been born here - and even a US born Chinese friend - who was a little hard to take at first but eventually I started to see her as an "American in a Chinese body'.

This brings up an interesting point - which is that islam is an arab supremacist ideology. Its big problem is that in the West , no one has ever really looked up at arabs. To be blunt - they've done nothing admirable. And now we are having a look at exactly what it is that they believe and how they act - and we're recoiling in horror at some of it. So their quest for world domination is doomed from the outset. The harder they push, the harder we push back.

It can't end well.

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Title Commenter Date Thread
The world's leaders are all acting against their own interests. Has God made them made, in order to destroy them? [791 words]Michael SJul 15, 2015 16:19224228
Pluses and minuses [114 words]AnonJul 19, 2015 01:55224228
clarifies some of the reasons.... [9 words]Mohammed Waza Khiddif Id'ullahJul 21, 2015 00:37224228
Obama has an agenda, but it isn't Muslim [1303 words]Michael SAug 1, 2015 19:18224228
A major region for Middle East rivalries, and for Israel's paramount importance to the people of the world [578 words]Michael SAug 4, 2015 02:29224228
cultural divides. [536 words]Mohammed Waza Khiddif Id'ullahAug 7, 2015 06:21224228
1Of bear grease, and other smells [1927 words]Michael SAug 11, 2015 16:50224228
comments on comments [736 words]Mohammed Waza Khiddif Id'ullahAug 22, 2015 08:40224228
3The Gnostics and their great gift: knowledge [71 words]Dhimmi no moreAug 24, 2015 13:36224228
Fish and company smell in three days [855 words]Michael SAug 24, 2015 19:49224228
hope not [44 words]Mohammed Waza Khiddif Id'ullahAug 30, 2015 03:07224228
p.s. [28 words]Mohammed Waza Khiddif Id'ullahAug 30, 2015 06:59224228
I can't tell a German from an Italian. Also, it's the media who seem "wretched and bizarre" [439 words]Michael SSep 1, 2015 16:13224228
accents query [274 words]Mohammed Waza Khiddif Id'ullahSep 7, 2015 23:31224228
American eye reporting. [305 words]Michael SSep 12, 2015 03:42224228
keine Garantien [71 words]Mohammed Waza Khiddif Id'ullahSep 15, 2015 03:46224228
US-Australian ties [398 words]Michael SSep 18, 2015 04:31224228
The Iran treaty may have done Israel's work for them [396 words]MIchael SNov 13, 2015 08:22224228

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