Toda,Reisinger: "spill more hate and prejudice": what I said about European views of the US has nothing to do with hate! The title of the discussion is "How the world looks on the US"; to have an inferiority complex doesn't mean people hate each other, it does just mean that European States are frustated that they have very few to say compared to the US. It does mean that they're not particularly happy that there's only one superpower and it's not themselves."
Okay, let me rephrase that: "contempt
and prejudice". Is that a better fit, then?
The problem is that your sentiment is obviously based on a lack of knowledge (and a very
It seems to be based on the assumption that against "the greatest nation on earth" every other nation must
by necessity be deeply deficient
. I see two possible ways to react to this: You can either be insulted
(the natural reaction) or you can choose to politely ignore
this kind of attitude.
Neither the USA nor any other nation (or association of nations) has reason for an inferiority (or superiority
) complex. I think we should all be able to act like it. Knowledge is power!
Toda,Reisinger: Nevertheless, there is a tendancy to stigmatize the US for many problems in the world. The violence that erupted in Italy during the G-8 summit was directed mainly against the United States. In France and elsewhere Mc Donald's restaurants have been vandalized just because they're American (but BTW full of hungry Europeans clients!).
You can´t really expect me to speak for the violent activists!
One trend is visible, however:
The USA have never very much (if at all) cared about the history, interests or sensitivities of other nations. And this careless unilateralism that became more and more apparent over the decades has unnerved many and angered some.
Most keep their perspective and remind themselves of common ground, but a few take it as an excuse to become violent. (I would wish flying stones were still our biggest concern right now!
The terrible atrocity committed a few days ago was in no way justifyable. But the terrorists are obviously trying to exploit the widespread indignation in many islamic countries. (Which apparently doesn´t even register on the US radar screen. "Get over it!" is usually not
the best answer here.)
Toda,Reisinger: And I'm speaking of the attitude in time of peace; today, everything is of course different, the shock, the sadness, the horror are incredible.
It would be a mistake to believe this attack was just directed against the USA. I think the emotions of all the people this time reflect the actual situation.
Toda,Reisinger: Now, real hatred against America can be widely found throughout the Arab and Islamic world. It's a deadly hatred, as we are so tragically witnessing. Islamic fundamentalists want to annihilate everything which is different, all the infidels, and first on the list is America, lovely called "the Great Satan"
The trouble is that much of it was foreseeable. Had anybody cared.
Toda,Reisinger: BTW, "Every nation has its own kind of silly shortcomings": that's right, and your "educational" post is so typically German!
Well, well. Isn´t it nice to always have a narrow-minded prejudice at hand...