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

Submitted by Dan (United States), Mar 15, 2007 at 13:31

I am going to keep this short because I do not have the time to sit and comment on all of the issues that you have been discussing in regards to the USA. (I purposely say USA, bc we often discount the other countries on the American continent...not maliciously, but because it is the way that we are socially raised in our country) We are vicariously and directly taught things of this nature in an attempt to unify a nation of diverse people, but this doesn't always unfold according to plan.

Anyway I stumbled upon this site because I have recently been having very realistic dreams of more terrorism striking again on US soil. As a result, I decided to do some poking around on the internet to try to get a better understanding of why the United States historically has been so involved in foreign policy. I had some background knowledge, but recent events in news along with my dreams spurred greater interest.

I would simply like to say that although I did not read all of your comments, I did learn a lot about the state of our nation as well as the world...subjectively and objectly with the varying perspectives that everyone has shared with open and closed states of opinions. It is a shame that there are people in the world that really show hostility toward people of the United States. We are all individuals that are socially associated to group that has stereotypically been given attributes, good or bad. I ask that anyone who reads this truly take this into consideration.

Our nation and world can go one of two ways over the next few decades, this does not need elaboration. I pray that people in power as well citizens can be as open minded as their situation allows for, as this will be the best way towards improvement. It breaks my heart that people can comment on a forum such as this one with hostility spewing out of their words...speaking subjectively rather than objectively. This is not the purpose of sites such as this...or am I wrong? I have been able to take it all in for what its worth, but there are other young people out there that will become more one-sided than they already are as their opinion grows stronger one way or another. I fear for the security of my children, and my children's children as this world grows increasingly hostile. Pride in anything is invaluable, yet we must always be careful of the words and actions that it can lead to if it becomes our focus. It seems as though this is when the picture of self-destruction slowly comes together.


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