Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
but to assume ultra capitalist Turner's channel is left is absurd
That one I have to smile at. One could say the same for millionaire Michael Moore. He stood up and said "I've always considered capitalism the most despicable form of government". - and Hollywood multi-millionaires applauded! Perhaps the applause would stop if the Socialist government he advocates took a few Rolls-Royces out of their mansion's garages. Incredibly, being rich does not make one conservative and, for the life of me, I can't tell you why....
Ok, as far as Guatemala is concerned, I will concede my ignorance to you. It was not something I was acutely aware of, having been 9 years old at the time. I am certainly aware, however, that there have been many such things in American history I would not feel proud of as an American. We can go all the way back to the Indians, if you wish. I'm not proud of the Bay of Pigs, nor am I proud of the way we deserted the Kurds, after assuring them our support and then watching them get slaughtered. Can I make any excuses for my government's actions concerning these examples? Nope. Politics, especially world politics, seem to me to be a much murkier world than I can visualize. It seemd to be at time aligning oneself with "strange bedfellows", indeed. You can look at the upper echelon of the UN to know that, where countries run by dictators, thieves, and murderers occupy high positions in an organization dedicated, supposedly, to peace and world good. If world politics were straight-forward there would not be millions dying in the Sudan by Moslem genocide tactics, there would have been no Hussein or Milosovic, or North Korea. Ok, I'm rambling and you may think I'm trying to change the subject or make excuses. I'm not. I acknowledge that there ae many things in American's past that would wilt under scrutiny. My complaint with you is this - you claim that the world looks down with disdain on the US due to its past actions. You obviously looked up or studied the Guatemala situation, unless you were an adult going through it at the time. How many people around this world that looks down have done that? If I stop people on the street in France, Canada, Germany, Russia, or any number of countries and ask them their opinion of the US actions in Guatemala in 1954, how many of them do you think would be able to answer me? Yet these are the people you state have come to distrust the United States. No, Raph, it's not our past actions that have caused this disdain you claim exists (and certainly does to a degree). It is what they are being force-fed by their governments, France, Germany and Russia for reasons that are becoming more visible and a UN that has been shown to be obsolete and innefectual. Canada? Well, fortunately a large majority of Canadians are very intelligent people who have great knowledge of the US and our integrity. Why so much anti-American rhetoric? I don't know if it's a Quebec - and therefore French - influence or what but it's sad to see.
I'll apologize for calling you anti-American, if you like. It's just that comments you make do not stop with the current administration. You go back to, well, Guatemala, Viet Nam and who knows where else to come up with examples of why the US is so despised, which, by inference, indicates you are one of the despisers. You list policies and examples that go way back and you speak of how the world views us in such a bad light and how we probably deserve it. If you don't understand how someone reading your past comments could consider you anti-American and not only anti- Bush then I guess there's not much more than I can say.