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Despite the highly ignitable nature of the previous post , I'll comment on it.
First off :
There is no country , called "America" ; That's the name of two continents.
You are referring to "USA-ians" , also commonly known as "Yankees"
Claiming the name of an entire continent as a nationality is sheer , despicable hubris.
That said , there's a little , I have to say about a couple of points you made:
1-Who cares , what place one has in a dictionary. It's not like it's going to give you a bigger (ahem) "aparatus" now does it?
Why did you bother , typing it anyway? Are you also into pissing-contests?
2-This is only valid , if you consider the rest of the world as a united force , when we're talking the "outgunned" part. As it stands today , the US DOES have the "biggest" military as in : Combination of numbers and technology(Albeit not skill...)
In the current situation , one can say , that (Militaristically speaking) China and Europe are a close second each.
Military power consists of quite a bit more than just the number and technology of your guns.
And while I can feel your frustration with the US foreign behaviour , I can't agree with your wording.
(And YES : Hollywood should be wiped clean from the face of this earth.)
Last edited by Megamieuwsel; 11-08-2003 at 02:43 AM.
Hey Sal, Neal called, he want's his continent back.
Anyway, yeah, speaking as a citizen of the United States, I would like to apologize for Hollywood and US Foreign Policy.
Didn't that sound silly....
I really would like to apologize for Hollywood, but I asked them and they're not returning my calls. Although you kinda have to love them anyway, for every hundred "Python the movie"'s they somehow eek out one "Citizen Kane". Okay, it might be a thousand to one.
And please, I know we didn't invent the internet, that was Bob, he lives on my couch and drinks all of the scotch in the house.
Where was I? Oh yeah, Yankees or Yanks, be careful of that one... I live in a state where calling joe citizen (read: redneck), a yankee is indeed grounds for what they would refer to as a good ole' downhome asswhopin. Although really they would call me a yankee, but that's dead wrong as I'm not from that far North. Really its only about 8 states out of the bunch. There are many subtle rules... I guess it would be like calling a Scot a midlander... it just wouldn't go over.
Well, I may not agree with the way some things are done but.
If I lived in a country that has a brutal dictator and was killing his own people and I was scared to the point of having to change my underwear or wearing Depends all the time, I would probably kiss the first US Marine I saw, male or female, well maybe a little longer on the female . He/she would probably have to shoot me to get me away from them. Since that would likely be the only defense I would have. I guess you could say I would be grateful for the help.
I think sometimes we stick our noses where it don't belong or go about things the wrong way, but we usually do it for the right reasons. I feel for the people in Iraq and in the Serbian area where the Melosovich guy was. I feel for the people in North Korea too. There are a lot of people that needs help from somebody.
The problem is that we seem to be the only one the the gonands to do it. The UN just wants to shuffle paper about the problem and a few other countries want to turn a blind eye or stick their heads in the sand. The old see no evil thing. Ignoring a problem usually only makes it worse.
It's like when people drink to forget thier problems. When they sober up, guess what, their is that problem again. It may even be bigger, not to mention the thought process may be a bit slower.
I would lay odds that if any country were being invaded, including salparadise's, we would be the first one's called for help. And guess what, we would likely be on our way. Since they are our 'budies', I know we would. We would probably even help our 'enemies' if it was the right thing to do.
Some people may not like what we do, but we do our best. Look at Japan. What we had to do was terrible, but we didn't abandon them afterward either. Look where they are now. They don't have a brutal dictator, they have food to eat and a roof over their heads. That's more than some right here in the US or the UK for that matter.
You want to quote The Book in your sig. I have one for you ->
And for those of you who don't have, or know, The Book ->
"Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men."
salparadise, why are you in that hole? Put those sand bags away. I believe in the second amendment and all put no hard feelings over here, not from me anyway. Those boots may be needed though.
Sometimes out goofy government does something stupid and I'm sure that everyone's does at some point.
I remember once making a big costly mistake at work. Yes, I admit it, I made ONE mistake, that's all though, just one. I was talking to my boss and it wasn't brought up so I did. He said this, 'show me someone who doesn't make a mistake and I'll show you someone who doesn't do anything'.
Switzerland doesn't make any mistakes because they are neutral. They don't do anything to make a mistake about. Which is OK. That's their position and they stick to it. They don't pick and chose. Even Hitler knew better than to mess with them. They may not stick their nose in someone else's business but you better not mess with them directly. Outlaw guns over here and I'll move over there. Hey, tomato stick at 100 yards, no problem. Make that puppy into toothpicks. Oh, I will NOT wear one of those skirt thingys.