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Greetings from Europe

Reader comment on item: [Freedom House report on] Saudi Venom in U.S. Mosques
in response to reader comment: OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT GEORGE W.BUSH

Submitted by Frank (Belgium), Jul 17, 2006 at 12:38

In all honesty I have to admit, on my travels last years on different parts of the world, it scared me to see the opinions that the locals have about the US. I wouldn't like to be an American nowadays! And thinking a few years ago this used to be 'the promised land'.

Even up here, in Europe, I can't remember the last time I read someting positiv on your country in the media. Politicians up here openly admit they are looking forward to the day this administration is past time. And we have the almost daily articles on his stupidity and his ignorance for the common people. Barbara really raised him up selfish with the idea 'if the sun shines for you, don't care for the others!' It's all easy to find all of this back if you hear him on his idea's of economic policy and running the public spending. Of course, keep up the show and give something that everyone can see...

And then I don't say anything yet on the article I recently read on how the Bush family got so welthy...

Of course, I can already imagine some older Americans up there yelling to me that 'we owe the US for WOII' and they are completely right! I have no problem at all to admit your country has made a lot of sacrifices for our freedom.

It's because of this gratitude I want to do this effort to react on your article instead of ignoring it. Up here we also had a few decades ago a regime that was controlling the media to turn the truth and tell plenty of lies... They also won the elections thanks to the fear that was among the people. It's true, Bush isn't responsible for millions of deads, but he's at least responsibale for some thousands.

I guess many of us miss the Clinton administration! He was not perfect, nobody is, but there were al least some important differences between him and the current president. Firstly (probably the most important to be one of the most powerfull man of the world) he had a consience. He also was very intelligent..
It's true, he also would have to deal with terrorism right now, but I'm certain it would have been in a more efficient and clever way.

After all, how many terrorists have been killed since september 2001 and how many innocent civilians? Is this world any safer now? I would rahther think the opposite. Believe me, the majority of Arabic people HATE Americans and have a (completely wrong) negative perception on the US. They have no idea that the majority of Americans have the same living conditions like they have and are as much victim of him like them. He's a macho who would perhaps make a good living if he would be born into a average family, but he's most surely to stupid to be one of the most powerfull people in the world! Intelligence obviously is not for sale, you have it or you don't!

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