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Hmmm... What goes around, comes around. We used to live so much better then Chech. folks. We used to laugh at them & feel pitty at the same time. Then we had war. Now they laugh at us! And feel sorry for us, as well.
Actually, I don't wanna make this a debate, at least not in this forum, so I am not going to tell you about the war. The war was here, stupid and pointless as always. Lot of people died (both sides), mostly civilians. Now everything is normal, but we went like 50 years backwards (we are almost in stone age!).
Anyway, as it usually happens, we blame them, they blame us... It's important that the war is over. And the Supreme Court (the one for the crimes against humanity) is doing its job. I hope those responsible will be punished. But again, not in this forum.
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Seems like the whole world hates the US
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I'll tell you what I think about it. For 22 yrs I've been living in Croatia. For 5 yrs in Italy. Italians hate americans more than enybody else I've ever met. But then again, you can't globalize on a statement like that. I, personally, adore the USA and everything related. Even though there are some severe nonsenses in you (for example) law & system, people simply belive it. They've created something, and bad how it may/may not seem, people keep it alive & it works. To immagine how it's here, you'll have to think about the wild west, Bronco Bill, Doc Holyday, Billy the Kid etc.
IMHO, people hate US 'cos, at least from the outside, it looks like you guys are doing great! You (seem to) have everything right there, you don't need nobody (except for the export). You could afford to close, to neglect as much as possible all foreign affairs and concentrate to build the State from the inside. And we (anybody else) can't do it. So, compared to most of us, you're (as a country) rich, colorful, full of oportunity... everything one could ask for. In fewer words - jealousy! Pure and simple.
I allow everybody to have his/her oppinion. I have mine. We can argue. But that's it. But, I know (a lot!) of folks that go so far as to not eating hamburgers. Not just those from McD or BurgerKing, but *ANY* hamburgers. 'Cos they're an american invention (I could never thank you enough for that one!). Same with ketchup. Fries (althoug they're french, no?).
And, of course, the US dollar is strong. Very strong, very stabile. Even after that black 9/11, it went down just a bit, returnig strong in notime. And wether you like it or not, everybody compares everything to US$. Cos it's unlikely to devalvate or go up suddenla. It's (almost) fixed. And they hate it.
I don't. I love it. I love everything american. In my little, I'm trying to live some kind of "american dream" myself. And I like it. Love it. Every little bit of it!
It's that something,...that sort of everybody united despite all the ratial (and various other) differences, everybody stood together whenever there was a need. Here you'll get much more hypocrits who'll simply say "it happened to YOU, not me. [bleep] happens." And they'll leave.