Provided by Joe Galloway, author of "We Were Soldiers"
and is an item of possible interest.
This one is definitely NOT tongue in cheek. Sig, the
author, was a teen-aged Marine who marched and
fought as a rifleman to and from the Chosin reservoir
in Korea in 1950. He switched to the Army, and served
as a Special Forces officer in Vietnam. After Vietnam
he joined the CIA, and went back to Korea.
He's been there, done that, and has some specific
thoughts on countries that don't "like" us.
If you aren't interested in the ramblings of an old man,
please delete now. If you're still there, pull up a chair
Is there anyone else out there who's sick and tired of
all the polls being taken in foreign countries as to
whether or not they "like" us? The last time I looked,
the word "like" had nothing to do with foreign policy.
I prefer 'respect' or 'fear'. They worked for Rome,
which civilized and kept the peace in the known world
a hell of a lot longer than our puny two centuries-plus.
I see a left-wing German got elected to office recently
by campaigning against the foreign policy of the United
States. Yeah, that's what I want, to be lectured about
war and being a "good neighbor" by a German. Their
head honcho said they wouldn't take part in a war
against Iraq. Kind of nice, to see them taking a pass on
a war once in while. Perhaps we needed to have the word
"World" in front of War. I think it's time to bring our
boys home from Germany. Outside of the money we'd
save, we'd make the Germans "like" us a lot more, after
they started paying the bills for their own defense.
Last time I checked, France isn't too fond of us either.
They sort of liked us back on June 6th, 1944, though,
didn't they? If you don't think so, see how nicely they
take care of the enormous American cemeteries up above
the Normandy beaches. For those of you who've studied
history, we also have a few cemeteries in places like
Belleau Woods and Chateau Thierry also. For those of
you who haven't studied it, that was from World War One,
the first time Europe screwed up and we bailed out the
That's where the US Marines got the title 'Devil Dogs'
or, if you still care about what the Germans think,
"Teufelhunde". I hope I spelled that right; sure wouldn't
want to offend anyone, least of all a German.
Come to think of it, when Europe couldn't take care of
their Bosnian problem recently, guess who had to help
out there also. Last time I checked, our kids are still there.
I sort of remember they (Clinton) said they would be
out in a year. Gee, how time flies when you're having fun.
Now we hear that the South Koreans aren't too happy
with us either. They "liked" us a lot better, of course, in
June, 1950. It took more than 50,000 Americans killed
in Korea to help give them the lifestyle they currently enjoy,
but then who's counting? I think it's also time to bring
the boys home from there. There are about 37,000 young
Americans on the DMZ separating the South Koreans
from their "brothers" up North. Maybe if we leave, they
can begin to participate in the "good life" that North Korea
currently enjoys. Uh huh. Sure.
I also understand that a good portion of the Arab/Moslem
world now doesn't "like" us either. Did anyone ever sit
down and determine what we would have to do to get
them to like us? Ask them what they would like us to do.
Die?. Commit ritual suicide? Bend over? Maybe we should
follow the advice of our dimwitted, dullest knife in the
drawer, Senator Patty Murray, and build more roads,
hospitals, day care centers, and orphanages like
Osama bin Laden does. What with all the orphans Osama
has created, the least he can do is build some places to
put them. Senator Stupid says if we would only "emulate"
Osama, the Arab world would love us.
Sorry Patty; in addition to the fact that we already do
all of those things around the world and have been doing
them for over sixty years, I don't take public transportation,
and I certainly wouldn't take it with a bomb strapped to
the guy next to me.
Don't get me wrong: I'm not in favor of going to war.
Been there, done that. Several times, in fact. But I think
we ought to have some polls in this country about other
countries, and see if we "like" THEM. Problem is, if you
listed the countries, not only wouldn't the average
American know if he liked them or not, he wouldn't be
able to find them. If we're supposed to worry about
them, how about them worrying about us?
We were nice to the North Koreans in 1994, as we
followed the policies of Neville Clinton. And it seemed
to work; they didn't re-start nuclear weapons program
for a whole year or so. In the meantime, we fed them
when they were starving, and put oil in their stoves
when they were freezing.
In a recent visit to Norway, I engaged in a really fun
debate with my cousin's son, a student at a Norwegian
University. I was lectured to by this thankless squirt
about the American "Empire", and scolded about
dropping the atomic bomb on the Japanese. I reminded
him that empires usually keep the stuff they take; we
don't, and back in 1945 most Norwegians thought
dropping ANY kind of bomb on Germany or Japan was
a good idea. I also reminded him that my uncle, his
grandfather, and others in our family spent a significant
time in Sachsenhausen concentration camp, courtesy of
the Germans, and they didn't all survive. I further
reminded him that if it wasn't for the "American Empire"
he would probably be speaking German or Russian.
Sorry about the rambling, but I just took an unofficial
poll here at our house, and we don't seem to like anyone......
Feb 7, '03
I saw a comedian on Jon Stewart show. He said the French have a history of doing anything their enemies want them to do and and refusing to do anything their friends want them to do. It was so right on I had to laugh.
Last edit by oramar on Feb 7, '03
Feb 7, '03
Q. Why don't they have fireworks in France?
A. Every time one goes off everyone surrenders.
I could care less what they think of us. I love this guy, he tells it like it is. I have also been there done that.
Feb 7, '03
A new bumper sticker:
First Iraq, next France.
Feb 7, '03
We took the same poll at our house and came to the same conclusion!!
Love how he said it.
Feb 9, '03
I have to agree with Mr. Galloway; of course, no one but England "likes" us; unless they need some kind of help, that is.
IMO, when your mission/goal is maintaining world peace, wiping out terrorism, inhumanities, despotism, most of the world probably won't like you. But they will, for the most part, respect you.