You pretty much summed me up. Except for the PINKO part. Remember my manly exertions to my wife's Pilates video so I am not a Pinko in any way shape or form. By the way you I don't believe you saw my rebuttal to your MacArthur statement in the Korea thread!
The only place I have lived overseas is England. Anti-american sentiment is, of course, not very strong there. The rest were all vacation oriented. HOWEVER everywhere I go I notice one thing. People are just trying to get by the best they can and barely give the US a second thought. There was a story on NPR (shut up 1stdeadeye it is a good station) this morning about a non profit phone company called Call for Peace. It was setup by the parents of Israelis and Palestinians that have lost children in the conflict. Basically it randomly connects Israelis and Palestinians to chat. They had interviews with some of the users that were amazed at how similar they really were when it came down to it and how they had descended into thinking of each other in stereotypes.
Originally posted by shartley
Reading your post made me seriously think you went as a tourist, and to tourist places. Places where being “nice” to Americans equal getting their money.. either directly, or indirectly. And as someone who has not only traveled overseas, but LIVED there....And I will not feel one bit guilty for thinking that someone who will not do the same IS Un-American.
So now to my point. First of all I do not champion everyone else over America. None of my posts discuss the faults of America versus the virtues of other countries. Second in regards to "I will defend MY country over anyone else’s any day of the week (verbally or physically)…. even if we ARE by chance wrong. Why? Because I am an AMERICAN and this is MY country. And I will not feel one bit guilty for thinking that someone who will not do the same IS Un-American.". This view does not promote discussion and understanding between nations. It promotes us versus them. Discussion is good (backed up with strength. Notice that I have never said the military should not receive strong funding).
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