This is exactly what I'm talking about though. You are seeing this as a purely humanitarian effort, promoting it as such, and allowing your values to interpret what is best for someone else. Sort of like you were saying Bush is doing.I can understand asking the country to develop education prgrams to help slow the spread of AIDS. (ABC) But to ask them to buy one type of pill when they can, for the same price, buy oh say... 20 pills and help more people. It seems heartless otherwise.
It's the education programs they aren't going to necessarily like for the same reason you didn't - education programs like the one you slam Bush for promoting...abstinence/fidelity...seems to go a long way for Uganda but that was THEIR choice.
All I'm saying is we need to stop promoting it like its charity so we don't get into this catch 22 where all of our decisions are viewed as pushing our ideals down someone elses throat.
Bush gets us into a lot of trouble by preaching our values in relation to foreign diplomacy.
It worked on you.
And I think its what pisses people off more than anything. If a country shares our general culture, they may think we're great, if they don't, they're going to poke holes in everything we do.
That is just compounded by how WE view it, like the guy who wrote the article in the first post. Lets act all bent out of shape because someone dissed our "charity". Well, we left ourselves open for that.
See what I mean now?