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Reader comment on item: [Symposium:] Why Does the World Hate America?

Submitted by Sarah Hill (United Kingdom), Nov 2, 2005 at 07:35

A couple of years ago I worked in America. Guys that I met and dated were suspiscious that I was dating them for a visa - sounds crazy? They just could not accept that in a few months time I would go home to the UK and be happy and guys I am happy here.

Don't get me wrong - I thought the US is great, I had a great time, but home is home. I thought France was an amazing country too, and Switzerland as well - although the swiss never stopped asking me what I was doing there, and was I gonna marry a rich swiss guy! Seriously! And they were serious.They were astonished when I met my fiance and moved but to the UK.

I really don't get what there is to be jealous about. I honestly, really don't.I love the fact here can walk my dog without the slightest fear of danger, other than speeding cars, rather than being mugged ar gunpoint in DC. I can get on a ferry and be in France in six hours and eat some of the best food on this planet. We have beautiful cities in europe that I used to have american burgers in, an irish beer and walk home in the dark in complete safety. I am happy and I am not jealous.

There is an airport near me, with an strong american presence that has been there since WW2. Recently it was revealed that during the 60's up to the 90's it had nuclear arms.
Why could they have not been taken away without anyone knowing. Why does everyone have to know. Why does the western world have to swagger it's power and scare everyone.

Julius Cesear invaded Britain for Tin and other metals, not for glory or victory. Why did England invade Virginia? Gold! Not for exploring the world or recognition. Does Bush care if the world hates him! No he will be rich and so will his people! Or so he might of told them. Iraq will be free! People are good at getting rid of tyrants themselves.I am sorry to hear, america that the world is laughing at you. When the titanic sunk people also laughed. It marked the end of the Empire, which was a good thing - but the start of terrible wars in Europe. It is difficult to see history repeat itself for the sake of listening. I fear as humans we will never learn to share with our neighbour but I can hope.

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