N79969 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4045 times:
I don't think that many Europeans hate the United States. I think a few do hate us and they pipe up at every possible opportunity. Further bashing of the United States is a leading hobby of the "chattering classes" all over the world.
Why don't you cut out the blanket villification of "right-wingers"? For a self-professed "liberal", you are awfully intolerant of those that disagree with your cynical views.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40298 posts, RR: 73
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4030 times:
Just as Schoenorama pointed out above, the Europeans dislike some or leaders and our politics right now. Who are the Americans supporting our current leader? It ain't 'liberals' that's for sure.
you are awfully intolerant of those that disagree with your cynical views
I am 'intolerant' of intolerant people. I am a very accepting individual.
EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 31
Reply 15, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3988 times:
North County - because you are not looking at it from both sides, you don't see any Europeans saying 'why do so many yanks hate Europe?' do you? Yet just the same if not more Americans seem to hate America or do everything you say we do to you.
Its 6 of one and half a dozen of the other. Just look at both point of views before you point the finger.
Scotty From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 1999, 1875 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3971 times:
We don't hate you. We don't hate your country - spectacular in its natural beauty and in its cities and history. We hate your current government and president who take the p..s out of you and your fellow Americans as much as they do the rest of the world. Difference is, we recognise when we are getting it ripped out of us.
QANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3950 times:
I hate certain people within the United States who believe that they and America are 100% bulletproof and are god's gift to mankind. This supreme arrogance makes most other foreign nationals want to puke. I'm not saying everyone in the US is like this - indeed the US is a land of great diversity. But it seems that a small, arrogant group of very loud Americans who tend to travel an awful lot to other countries - love to have their opinions on anything heard by anyone in the surrounding area.
That said - there is nothing more appealing than a modest American. I truly mean that.
Leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4049 posts, RR: 52
Reply 20, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3937 times:
We don't hate your people or your country, we hate your general ignorance and narrow mindedness towards the rest of the world and the way your government thinks it can throw its weight around and be the worlds poilice because they are the only "Superpower".
We also hate the way your government can be so 2 faced and pick and choose what rules/regulations it wants to break/support in it's favour, then complaines when other countries do the same back to them - like the prisoners of war in Iraq/Cuba for example.
We also hate the way your government claims that it is doing things 'for Human Rights' when it is clear for all the world to see that they only get involved in world issues if there is a direct benefit to the US, like Iraq for example (Oil) - but they don't bother doing anything about Robert Mugabe for example as there is no benefit to them.
We also hate the way that Hollywood 'Changes History' when making films to make the US look great no matter what the situation, or even re-writes history altogether as was seen recently with that film about stealing the Enigma machine in WW2.
Personally - I hate the way you all Whoop and Cheer even at the slightest thing or for no reason at all - whats that all about ?.
So basically, it's your government that is most hated, not you yourselves as Americans or your country.
"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
Lstc From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 320 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3906 times:
I was sitting in a restaraunt in Old Montreal 2 days ago when I overheard a conversation at the next table with a father, mother and daughter (about 16).
After being greeted in French, the father, in a rather offensive tone said "Speak English". The server cheerfully spoke English and took the order. When the server walked away, the man told his family that it was incredible to him that "these people" just don't get it. He explained that anyone with money walking through the door at this time of year is going to speak English. The daughter said "but we ARE in a foreign country". The father explained that Canada was basically a US protectorate and they are pretty much a "fifty second" state. (I wonder what the 51st state is!)
He continued to tell her that you can travel anywhere in the world, and people will speak english because they "know what side their bread is buttered on", and that everyone in the world learns english in school as a second language. Apparantly these "uppity" French hold-outs in Quebec are just being antagonistic....
With people like this occasionally representing Americans, it's no wonder you get some negativity.
I know enough Americans to know that this attitude isn't prevalent. But then I read posts from MattD, and temporarily reconsider....
: Its 6 of one and half a dozen of the other. Just look at both point of views before you point the finger. ____________________________________________
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: (aftermath of 9/11, Frankfurt) An image can say more than a thousand words.
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: Did we really have to dig up this horse and beat the corpse some more?
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: Leezyjet and QANTASFOREVER...your blanket comments are fine examples of ignorance and arrogance in their own right...proving once again that arrogance
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