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Thread #60584 Message #970327
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
21-Jun-03 - 06:29 PM
Thread Name: BS: What the world thinks of America
Subject: RE: BS: What the world thinks of America
The interesting answers in that poll were the ones where people were asked whether they wished they lived in America - and the overwhelming vote across the board was that they did not.
I thing that's encouraging. It's not anti-American, it's a verificatioin of the truth I've alwasy believed, that most people, even in rough situations, value home and family and roots, and would sooner stay and make things better if possible, rathere than give up and and start all over. And if the world is going to heal itself, that is the kind of attitude that is going to be needed.
That's no disrespect to America, or to people who go there, eagerly or reluctantly - but the ones who stay behind, and the ones who return when they can, are the ones who remake the old world. (And the same is true for other countries who've had lots of incomers, such as England. For most people - not all - emigration is a second best.)