This one will be sure to ruffle some feathers. As you all should know, Airbus and Boeing are the only MAJOR airliner mfrs. left, now that Fokker and McDonnell Douglas have gone under. I also have been following the orders and deliveries of both Airbus and Boeing aircraft. I have been really surprised at how well Airbus has been doing. It is not beyond possibility that Airbus may unseat Boeing as the aircraft leader. Now, my question is this: Since the vast majority of Airbus orders come from outside the USA (granted, United, Northwest, and USAirways are big Airbus customers), does anyone besides myself feel that the real reason for Airbus' success is not so much because of the quality of their aircraft, but that many Int'l airlines are buying Airbus just out of spite to the US and Boeing? Are they simply trying to hurt the US by ordering Airbus? Is there a political side behind that? What are your thoughts?