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I'm scared of Americans

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Submitted by Farin Urlaub (Canada), Apr 15, 2003 at 06:36

as opposed to other ppl living in america. Just another way the U.S. blatently ignores, and worse dismisses anyone else. I think that might just be because they lack the patience to learn about anyone else.

This push for U.S. world dominance hedgemony, which seems to have been a goal in the war proceedings, (How does the lack of PATIENCE change what's right or wrong?) really worries me.

It's not new, but one would think that the U.S. leaders should have learned the lessons, if not from world history, at least from their own short history. One must only look back to the conflicts with the soviets in the horn of Africa, to learn that the local politics cannot be dictated by outsider, no matter how "Super".

The blind national pride that most U.S. citizens seem to display is not unique to them. It is something that is embraced by have and have-not countries, including Iraq, and is stronger the narrower the view of the rest of the world. German patriotism enabled two world wars. I wish more U.S. americans would think rather than rally...

The U.S. could be a stabilizing force in the world, unifying countries of the world on the bases of common human values, but the lack of foresight that might be sprounting out of shallow popular culture (big reason the a large part of the world hates the U.S.) has been everpresent in the U.S's dealings with the world. The U.S. played a major part in WWII, but no less than Russia or Britain did. Churchill had foresight and warned frequently of the coming cold war. American dullness caused the drawing of new war-lines in the centre rather than the east of europe. In all fairness, the U.S. finally acted and contained Russia, saving still half of Berlin as a beacon of demorcracy which in time was essential in the early fall of the Soviet empire.

I really hope the the U.S. will listen to the reat of the world before it's too late in Iraq. A military government in Iraq channeling contracts to U.S. firms pushing U.S. interests will cause a mjor backlash from not only the occupied subjects but the onlooker in the rest of the world.

Yes, the U.S. has war-power not rivaled anywhere in the world. They have abandoned past wisdom and to shout loudly (intimidate and control) with the world's biggest stick.
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