The US and freedom: they're not, actually, synonyms

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  1. Good commonsense views which I predict will make some people angry. I’m amazed by how often in Blogsylvania people complain that there is not freedom in Europe, holding up France – one of the most free societies on Earth, just like us- as an example of living under the yoke of oppression.

  2. Well I don’t see or think fruits when talking about Islamic extremist. I see it as
    apples = oranges because they’re both monstrous murders
    And I think there are a lot of people around the world that agree they are monsters
    As for France, aren’t they still in the middle a time that makes our race riots of the 1960s look like a backyard barbecue?

  3. Yep, the “blame it on the US” sentiment is strong in Europe. However, there is not as much hatred and Anti-Americanism in Europe as many Americans believe there is.
    There was a lot of sympathy with the US and there still is.
    Anne Applebaum admits that President Bush wasted a quite a bit of post-9/11 sympathy. The Atlantic Review discusses Applebaum’s op-ed from a German perspective. Europe and the United States need to increase all their efforts in the war on terrorism.

  4. Have you ever been any place else? I think you should go live in Europe or maybe Latin America and then see how free you are there. Of course you should live as a common person not someone with lots of money.

  5. Apparently we can continue to *assume* the burdens of the world. The problem is, we can’t actually *bear* them. It’s like the PTA mom who just can’t say no. Eventually, she misses one deadline, then five, then she suddenly goes from being everybody’s go-to-gal to being “the undependable person.” There’s a limit to what any one person/country can do. At some point, you have to say, “No, I’m sorry, I am already over-extended and I just can’t take on any more, no matter how cute your starving children are. My own starving children just reminded me that they are still here. Try France; I hear they are bored.”

  6. roux , which “you” is you talking to? eh, tu roux?
    (I’m sorry, but I just couldn’t pass up that sentence. I worked with 7 Cajuns for the better part of 2 fun years. I learn SO many things – like in the vernacular “de die-vis-un of a Coon*ss from a dumb*ass = De Sabine Riber” and how to correctly pronounce names and words such as Hebert) No offense intended.
    I lived briefly in Latin America; I almost sisn’t exist in Southeast Asia (aka Hell); and lived too well a short time in Louisiana. That’s my extent of foreign life save a brief visit to something call Burbank.
    I spent a long time on the road mostly in clubs in cities through out the mid to southwest U.S.

  7. I’ve spent a lot of time in France this year. What anti-Americanism there is pales compared to the anti-French sentiment you hear in this country. No, they do not like our government – well, that’s not anti-Americanism, that is a political opinion (one in fact shared by many Americans).
    In general I found that the French people I met like our cutture, like us, are eager to talk about their view of things and how it differs from ours (from foreign policy to business to domestic politics to cultural issues) and moreover are eager to do so respectuflly and in a spirit of understanding.
    They are also are quite capable of recognizing their own problems and flaws, something that is less common here.
    As for the race riots – they certainly don’t make our 1960s riots look small. Try and find burned-out neighborhoods around Paris – you won’t. I was there during some of them. They are certainly a big problem, but it’s been overplayed in the US media, probably to appeal to anti-European sentiment here.

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