I used to travel and live in Asia for business. My company made me attend a cultural awareness class that taught us all the things we should do to avoid offending our Asian hosts.
When I was in China, one of the Chinese managers was re-assigned to the U.S. for a year. When I asked if he had a similar type of training he said “No, we don’t care if we offend Americans”
It’s been my experience that Americans in general have two conflicting desires and beliefs.
One is we are desperate for everyone in the world to like us and the other is, paradoxically, we feels the rest of the world is taking advantage of the United States.
Go back and read news accounts of how most Americans viewed WWI and the vast amount of opposition Wilson had to overcome to get involved.
Prior to Pearl Harbor in WWII the same revulsion against all things European pretty much limited FDR’s options. It wasn’t until Pearl Harbor that Americans were willing to go to war. Remember how we responded to the Japanese attacks in the Pacific? We invaded Algeria.
Now I believe another emotion has enter into the national psyche. The rest of the world is with us or against us. I know that absolute grates on many nerves but I believe that our way of life has attracted an enemy that must be hunted down and killed. That belief is why I voted for Bush. He wants to hunt them down and kill then and Kerry (and Europe) believe terrorism was manageable, like organized crime.
Europe has already adopted an attitude that “some terrorism” is inevitable, like earthquakes and tornados and I believe that Kerry was of a like mind.
That is unacceptable to me.
I know its no secret that I (and 58 million other voters?) haven’t cared what the world thinks of us after 9/11 (and I didn’t care that much about them prior to 9/11, to be honest)
Prior to 9/11, I have lived in Korea, Germany (twice) England (twice) France (only once, thank God) Saudi Arabia and Thailand, as well as visited almost every country in Europe, the Middle East and most countries in Africa.
I can’t say I ever noticed any attitude towards the U.S. except envy, jealousy and disdain. That why I was always amused when Kerry bemoaned the U.S. “wasting” the World’s “goodwill.” I’ve never seen any evidence that there was ever any goodwill to begin with.
Only England and Australia demonstrates any affection for the U.S. and even that is variable.
So I guess this is a long-winded way of saying I really don’t give a damn who the Chinese prefer to be president, and I am apparently not alone
A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing