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Anti-Americanism 'Feels Like Racism'
by Peter Paton
Saturday, April 15, 2006
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" I am posting this in the Poetry Section because I feel it should be read by as many people

as possible......as a Brit who has lived in America, and have many, many good friends in the USA, and love the people and their culture.....I am sickened and revulsed by the actions of these so called fellow Brits and their Anti- Americanism, and I personally wish to apologize for their low life and inane behaviour, as I and my family love and cherish the Special Relationship, we have with our American buddies ! "  Peter Paton

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Anti-Americanism 'feels like racism'







Ms Cox says she lowers her voice on the Tube to avoid confrontation
As a US citizen living in London, Christian Cox says she is shocked at the amount of abuse she receives because of her nationality.


She says the level of anti-Americanism she has experienced "feels like a kind of racism".

"I don't want anyone to feel sorry for Americans, or me, I just want people to realise that we are dealing with hatred too," she says.

If you have had similar experiences or have an opinion on this story send your comments to the BBC using the form at the bottom of this page.





Typical British pub banter is one thing, says Christian Cox, but the "pure hatred" she says is directed at her for being American is really starting to wear her down.

The former model moved to London a year ago, where she is setting up her own business, and has been surprised at how some people have reacted to her nationality.

Ms Cox, 29, says she has been called, among other things, "terrorist", "scum", "low life", and feels that she is constantly being held to account for the actions of President Bush and for US foreign policy.

This is despite the fact that she doesn't agree with the war in Iraq and didn't vote for Bush.








I think you are the poorest people I have ever met in my life


American critic

However she adds: "Bush is our leader and I respect that. It's a bit like the way you feel about your father. You don't always agree with him, but you would defend him."

She has travelled widely in other parts of Europe, Mexico, Canada and Australia but says this is the first time her pride in her country has been challenged in such a vitriolic way.

"People would make jokes about Americans but I didn't experience the pure hatred I have had since I came to live here.

"I appreciate that British people often don't understand why I have so much pride, they think it's brainwashing.


"And I do think some people in the US need to be more educated about what's going on in the world.

"But some people just fly off the handle without even talking to me - it's as if they had been waiting to run into an American all day to let their feelings out," she says.

To avoid confrontations she says she lowers her voice on the Underground and in pubs.

But in one incident an older man asked her directly if she was American.

"When I said yes he said: 'I just want you to know that I think you are the poorest people I have ever met in my life' - meaning we were low-life.

"I said I was sorry he felt that way, but that I disagreed."

The man started shouting obscenities at her group. The row developed into a brawl and Ms Cox suffered a black eye as she tried to pull two people apart.


"After that I cried for two days, then booked a flight back to the States. I felt so hated, I needed to be with people who loved me."

Some friends now advise her to tell people she is Canadian, to deflect potential abuse, an option she calls "sad".

'Culture shock'

However it is advice that teacher Francesca Terry, 28, who grew up in Seattle, recognises.

She has lived in London for four years and is married with a daughter.

"I was aware before I moved here that when you travelled abroad it was always better to say you were Canadian if you could get away with it. But we treated it more like a joke."

She was subjected to verbal abuse in the first year or so in Britain, but things calmed down particularly when she had her daughter and stopped going out to pubs so much.

"When I first came here it was part of the culture shock. I felt really naive, I had thought I would go unnoticed here.

"I would go out and I'd just get picked on by people taking pot shots. I just didn't speak when we went out. What shocked me was that people would just say the rudest comments."

But she adds that she has a close group of girlfriends from the US, many of whom say they have not had similar experiences.

She says she is still cautious when she's out and about: "If people ask where I'm from I say 'the States, but the part near Canada'."

"I feel bad about saying that, but it is out of a kind of guilt, I just don't want to get into it with people. When I do, I tell them these are not my choices. I understand my president makes bad decisions, but that's not me."


The US embassy in London declined to comment on the story.

If you would like to comment on this story, or suggest another one, do so using the form below.






The following comments reflect the balance of opinions received so far.

Anti-American sentiment clearly runs high in the UK, but there can be no defence of people abusing Ms Cox. But why would any intelligent person blindly defend the actions of another? Bush is no benevolent "father figure" worthy of unquestioning love, he is a politician, and the man who orchestrated the invasion of Iraq. The line between "national pride" and the tacit approval of Bush's actions are blurred in her comments. Until Ms Cox can reconcile this conflict perhaps it would be best if she continues to "keep her voice down".
Gavin Scott, Edinburgh, UK


Anyone that abuses a person because of there nationality is guilty of racism regardless of which nation that person comes from
David McLean, Liverpool, UK


As a Muslim studying abroad I can sympathise with her. However, she has only suffered a black eye and had hurtful words thrown at her, whereas I have family members who are now buried six feet under in Basra due to her government's actions.
Ahmed, UK


I had no idea that the British people felt that way about Americans. It is difficult for others to understand that in any country (yours, mine) the people are not the voice of the government. Why do people insist on taking their anger out on the citizens?
Brucine Lukaart, Michigan, USA



I know exactly what she means. I have lived here for more than 20 years and there is no question it exists. However, over time I have to see it less as hatred and more sibling rivalry. I think the English also love America and feel connection with it. I can't say the constant little digs don't hurt sometimes, but all in all I love England and compared to how other races fare here, we don't do too bad. (Try being French... or dare I say of coloured skin from India or Pakistan)
Tom Hewson, London, UK


If you want a cheap joke, nothing is easier than to take a swipe at Bush or America. Many British comedians that should know better are aware of this. In my opinion, most people who feel inclined to say such things are generally ill-informed on political matters, and such comments are an attempt to hide their ignorance.
Dan Jones, York


I am Japanese and have lived in this country since I was three. I have experienced various kinds of verbal taunts and racist remarks all throughout my life. It sad that two grown women are focusing in on their experiences as if they were unique. They should understand that to be a foreigner in any other country will invite those jingoistic and hateful to target them no matter what. If a three-year-old girl could make it, so can they.
Saki Baba, London


There are millions of Americans who are disgusted by the actions of their government. As Brits we should be careful not to cast stones because we elected Mr Blair, and if one country had it in its power to prevent the war in Iraq it was ours.
Ben Gould, London



It's very unfortunate that individuals should be singled out like this purely because of where they come from. But I would say to Christian Cox, don't defend Bush if you don't agree with him, and don't express unqualified pride in your country which is - like ours - great, but flawed, and you might get a better reception from most Brits!
David Ewen, London


I would agree that in general Americans are a loathsome, naive, petulant bunch, but then the fact that we in Britain allow ourselves to be so influenced by them makes us 10 times worse.
Craig Eastman, Liverpool, UK


If you suspect your 'Canadian' is actually American, ask them to name three provinces (excluding Ontario). Or ask them what the capital of Saskatchewan is. You'll soon know. (We don't like the either, by the way.)
Jim Connolly, Toronto, Canada


I've been in a few tense situations since moving to the UK, but nothing on the level of the harassment Ms Cox has had to endure. I usually defuse the situation by saying "Yes, I'm an American - and I'd like to apologise". You can always ask them if they've ever voted for Tony Blair. Treat such people like you would any other rude person - get away from them. There's a time and a place to discuss how you as an expat relate to your country: in a pub with an angry stranger probably ain't it.
Rose Judson, Birmingham, UK


I can understand how upsetting it is for people such as Ms Cox. However, I think Americans need to be educated in such a way that equips them better to travel without appearing to treat to rest of the world like an extension of Disneyland. I frequently hear patronising, insensitive comments made by American tourists who are tarnishing the reputation of their compatriots.
Tom Watson, Rome, Italy


If you are English and go to live in Scotland you are likely to get exactly this kind of treatment. It is pure racism.
Oliver, UK


I'm an American living in Belgium and it shocks me to see that Americans probably receive more "racist" comments in Europe than the immigrants we so often read are being discriminated against. My grandfather fought here in WWII and sometimes I think of the irony that it is their freedom he secured than makes me feel so insecure in Europe.
Charles, Brussels, Belgium


I don't defend my father when he is wrong, only when he is right, only a fool would do otherwise. How is Bush to learn if even those who didn't vote for him become his apologists.
John Sinclair, Dundee, UK


As a Brit living in the US I receive only good things about my country and am proud to say I am British as people are even nicer to me because of it. Therefore I find it very sad that my country cannot offer the same courtesy to Americans in England.
Stephanie Cottrill, Miami, USA


Although I disagree with US politics and foreign policy, I would always be friendly and welcoming to Americans in our country. Any Americans who are feeling offended in the UK are welcome round my house for a traditional steak and kidney pudding and some nice English ale!
Martin, Chesterfield, UK


How about interviewing an American that supports our president instead of making a point of interviewing two Americans that apparently feel they have to make concessions by saying they disagree with him? Your story makes it seem as if the anti-American anger is justified but simply misdirected away from the president.
Allen T, CA, USA


Is it any surprise that Americans get held to account for their country's rapacious and evil foreign policy? As individuals every American I have met in this country have been perfectly nice but your government's actions condemn you all. If you don't like it then you need to campaign harder at home. I would be ashamed of being English abroad at the moment, because of the actions of OUR government. And just think, if Americans are hated this much in the UK what do you think the opinion of the Arab and Persian world might be?
Chris Blackman, London, England


It is little wonder that there is such a dislike and misunderstanding of Americans and American foreign policy when you consider the thread of anti-Americanism that runs through almost every related story that the BBC presents. Who do you think you are?
Eddie Chalmers, Dundee, UK


I am married to a British national and did a posting with the Canadian High Commission in London from 2000-2004. I suffered verbal abuse on a few occasions when people thought I was American. It got to the point where my husband asked that we not talk on the Tube into London and I wore a Canadian Maple Leaf lapel pin.
Pam Saunders, Singapore


Ms Cox is perhaps a tad naive to take the abuse she receives so personally. Americans are easy targets right now and thanks, not in small part, to the British press it's easy for people to target one US national for the others' actions. But it's not just Americans who get this, prejudice is rampant in this country. For example, I live in Wales and I've seen English people here being beaten up for being English.
Andy, Cardiff, UK


My American relatives visit the UK frequently. When here they go to pubs, restaurants, stores, historical sites etc and never once have they been subjected to criticism or insults. So one is led to ask, "Is this reported abuse of Americans a London phenomenon?"
PW, East Midlands


As a Seattleite living in London I often find that I can get away with pretending to be Canadian as well. And I do. I am ashamed to be American. I didn't vote for Bush and I don't support the Iraq war and I feel American foreign policy is abhorrent. But I also find that people will assume I'm a thick headed, right-wing, McDonald's loving, anti-Islamic, fundamentalist Christian, intolerant, homophobic idiot. That couldn't be further from the truth, but I never get a chance to show people who I really am.
Emilie Dingler-Meek, London, England



Christian Cox should have confidence in her country and treat the people who express such anti-American remarks with the contempt they deserve. She must expect criticism, but not insult - and she must say that she is American and proud of it, and walk away. Arguing with bigots is a complete waste of energy.
Mike Fox, London, England.



I feel no pity for Americans working abroad - they get to see first hand what their foreign policies are doing to the rest of the world.
Ian Anderson, Aberdeen, UK


Cry me a river. How much American tolerance and openness do Iranian visitors to the US experience these days? We can't pick and choose the aspects of our national image we want to be identified with. This extreme form of individualism - 'I'm only responsible for what I myself did, not what my government does in my name' - is precisely the sort of thing which gives Americans such a bad name.
Scott, Stirling, UK


As a rule, any opinion expressed in a British pub should be ignored.
Andrew , Montreal, Canada


Ms Cox shouldn't really be surprised in the current climate. More and more people are coming to realise the US administration is the biggest terrorist organisation in the world. Unfortunately, their citizens will increasingly take the backlash, even though many of them are against US foreign policy - just as many Muslims are against such atrocities as 9/11 and Bali.
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Reviewed by Elizabeth Parsons 5/3/2006
It's a sad thing and I know it to be true in other parts of the world as well. I have never experienced this with anyone from the UK but I have friends in other parts of the world who constantly bombard me with articles and such that have anti-American sentiments. It gets tiresome always trying to defend one's homeland. Thank you for the wonderful article.
Reviewed by Jennifer Butler 4/19/2006
I think they're just envious because most of us were once a part of their world and left their abuses to find a new one, and actually found a New World. Not only that, but U.S. Americans have built a thriving culture in just a few hundred years and designed effective weapons to defend themselves against foreign invaders who previously attempted to rule with an abusive air of superiority even across the Atlantic. Well, from my point of view, Europeans have lots of cultural traditions to be admired, and as their offspring, we have the right to not only to learn from them but also to improve upon their traditions to our own children's advantages, rather than to permit oppression amongst our own. It reminds me of my ancestor from the Isle of Man. The son of a country squire, his older brother inherited the estate, and my great great grandfather sailed the ocean blue at the age of 16 to find his own fortune over here. What is a brother to do when his own sibling wants to lord it over him? That's just not very friendly if you ask me.
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 4/17/2006
Sadly most people are acting without further thinking. You find this all over the world, and not just ainmed at Americans. Would be nice if there was an easy remedy to fix those problems, but only willingness to look and see each individual and to accept can help there. And, of course, a little reminder, like your article, can be helpful and if only to make the world aware.
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by jude forese 4/16/2006
i'm not trying to be facetious Peter but i'm begining to feel like an alien on my own planet ...
Reviewed by Paul Williams 4/15/2006
Wot! Burnside on my case Lol, Yes! Totally agree with all of what Kate has just said, we are strangers in our own land. I wouldn't take what is said in London as gospel, the place is a hive of idiocy, and media hypocrisy. Miss Cox must realise the world is full of sheep ready to bleet to the media's tune. May I just say I have friends the World over, of all nationalities, races, religions and creeds and all would recieve a warm welcome in Yorkshire (except maybe in Leeds LOl...sorry Leeds.) We should all look beyond our blinkered horizons and see...all is one, and one is all.
Oh! Kate, it's pronounced 'Bath' not 'Bar-th', tut! Southerners! LOL!



Paul;-)
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 4/15/2006
Wot... the Brit corner left to JUST me???? Sorry, but that's poor do's from your point of view, cos you won't get much huff and blather from someone of my feeble political mores... get The Boy Winston Turner back on the case... should be back tomorrow if Lent is over... assuming he hasn't given this place up as a total den of iniquity...!! :)) All I can say is you can't judge wholesale Brit attitudes by London standards... London is a real melting pot and extremism exists in all corners and about all facets of life and existance there. However, that bein said, I don't blame anyone for using London as the British yardstick as we are such a smallfry blot on the global landscape that you WOULD think that London stands for the whole damn cabouche... Happily nothing could be further from the truth, I reckon, in my humble opinion, and our attitudes and parochialism is as diverse as the crucible of landscape we occupy... anyone who lives further away than a radius of 10 miles is viewed with suspicion and as a supposed alien... that's just how nice we are!! :)) We are foreigners in our own land and I wouldn't give that Northerner Paul Williams or that Essex Boy Turner the time of day... Yes, yes, I jest but of course, but I AM truly sorry for the deplorable experience Ms Cox has had... Happily, those Americans who have just studied with me down in the West Country might have a different story to tell, but, of course, we are just bumpkins down here.... Are chips on the shoulder common to ALL English-speaking peoples, do you think?? Just an observation... maybe just a Northern hemisphere dry humour thing. Perhaps I should just go put my head in a bucket... But, as humans, we face "isms" every day of our lives - from racism to ageism or sizeism or whatever. It's perhaps the cold-blooded curse of life becoming more concerned with material-ism... Think I've just about outstayed my welcome, so I'd better potter off before I become the object of "weird-person-ism"... Thanks for the debate, Peter. LOL Kate xx
Reviewed by Crystal Silver Angel (Reader) 4/15/2006
(((( Peter )))) I knew there was anti american slogans all over the middle east but I guess I have been decieved about everywhere else. I was born here and I know no other way of life except the constitution.. I know we are an extremly free society, this I know. But many countries do not understand we are HUMAN too. They think everyone of us are liberal left wingers, that we allow killing of innocent blood in the name of freedom.I could go on forver, but the fact is what they don't know about us IS we, not all of us, but some of us are bascicaly heart people, not heartless. For a long time I supported conservative values because I feel some of the left wingers beliefs are wacko..I think you understand where I am coming from.I supported Bush a long time. Now, I just don't know.I do pray for him often though.T I pray for our military and British troops. I visit the vets in the VA. The fact that we are in the middle east to help the conflicts I support it because it will make us safer because we were never the same, Peter,after 9/11... People world wide don't seem to understand the grief that is still here, the echo's of the blood spilled. The world doesn't understand that almost four thousand people slautered in the freaken name of "Allaa, while they crashed into the trade center saying, glory to Allah..I think no onme understands how we feel.... I know we are in a holy religious war and they are not going away overnight.It is a dysfunctional radicle dangerous religion. We will take action through the United Nations to stop these weriod wacko's of Iran and all those other "dysfunctional" countries. Iran will be forced by the 23rd of April or they will be in such a boat load of you know what...Some people don't know as Americans even know what America stands for anymore because it's leaders are corrupt, well not all but many.. I think we are at a crossroads in terms of who we are, the idea of America. And we have 11 million illegals here from Mexico..What a head ache for the paper work, ect..Who is she, America, the sign of that American bald eagel.??She really is not torn and worn, she just needs to keep striving for protection and freedom.. I only wish for resolution, but the universe controls everything. America is so kind, always there to deliver help world wide to it's suffering.And on america's behaf I want to say I adore the British. We feel a certain closeness and much love and support to Prime Minister Blair. We also wept when those Scottish children passed away, and of course, Lockerbee plane crash. Ok, all in all America is only missunderstood by those that are closed minded. But I simply am against abortion rights in this country. I believ all life is sacred. Thank you Peter for all your support..!!

((( Love And Prayer, JoAnne )))
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/15/2006
I have done a fair share of traveling, and lived and worked in Canada for two years. I was personally treated as well as anyone could be, but the barbs against the USA never cease. Nor will they in any foreign country. Much of it is just plain old anti-anything that we aren't. A lot of it is jealousy, and some of it comes from the overbearing attitude that a lot of Americans carry abroad,that says "we are the best out of our way" Some of that comes from self-protection against being treated like foreign riff raff. Everyone knows nothing can be as demeaning as the supercilious Brit attitude when used against one. There will always be bias, no matter where you go in the universe. The same old adage applies, "If you can't take the heat stay out of the kitchen!"...thanks for sharing Peter, it is good that you give everyone a chance to get in touch with their feelings on this one.

Love,
Eileen
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/15/2006
I have this leather jacket emblazened with the letters USA and the American flag on the back and I would without DOUBT wear it boldly and patriotically anywhere and for anyone to see, especially in England...I guess English democracy and freedom of speech only includes them, but I bet they would be hard pressed to put up with my version of being patriotic...though I can understand where after a period of time it would be hard to keep fighting the "good" fight...I think if I were to win a trip to that country, I might turn it down in favor of the money for the trip...as if I did go there, it would be like looking for a fight...and THEY don't want me in that mood...! ED
Reviewed by Rose L 4/15/2006
Peter,

Thanks so much for sharing this article. One thing I find especially compelling and sadly true more and more would be the fact that "we" (collective of people from many countries) have allowed the media to become the mouthpiece for us without even so much as a question. Isn't it a striking contradiction that this "tortured soul" Ms. Cox is pictured quite happy, huge smile and if I'm not mistaken riding a subway (tube)? Any more we are a visually oriented world, so what are we to deduce from the picture and then the article that follows? I don't have the answer any more than any one else does, but I do think it's a question we ought to be asking a lot more.

Who benefits from perpetuating hatred?

My overarching concern is that we are forgetting how to communicate with each other as we used to, instead relying upon media outlets to serve in that function (which thereby results in the inevitable "politics" of the particular editor, publisher, etc.)

I guess we'll keep the dialogue open, continue to talk with each other and be mindful that it is okay to have a different opinion, but in this day and age there really is no excuse for ignorance or hatred.

Peter, thanks for sharing this important piece because it keeps the dialogue alive!

Peace & Love,

~Rose~
"Live Simply That Others May Live"
Reviewed by Joyce Hale 4/15/2006
This was an interesting read. If I wrote my true feelings about many of the comments, I fear there would be bad feelings; but most of all, it would not change one person's opinions or make one iota of difference to them. What I will say to those who abuse others and those who judge a nation all as one is, Get a life. Each individual has the right to their leanings without abuse from others. To the Muslim who has family members six feet under because of our govt's actions, I have much sympathy; however, how about the millions of Muslims who have family members six feet under because of the former regime? Family members who were taken out of their homes day or night, and never seen again - millions of them.

Talk about a world and mankind that will never, ever find peace!!! Look to yourselves!

Peace.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 4/15/2006
"This is despite the fact that she doesn't agree with the war in Iraq and didn't vote for Bush." I'm surprised she doesn't just agree with them, I have not heard anyone yet that disagrees with Bush do anything but trash him. If Americans have faults it is that we are MUCH TOO FORGIVING and allow others to heap abuse on us all the time holding out their hands for just a little more of that foreign aid.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/15/2006
As a world traveler most of my life, I have been both praised and ridiculed for being an American. But so have most people from most other nations. As an American, I am also ashamed of many things our nation has done, and proud of many things our nation has done. But so are most people, from most nations. I think we humans inherently fear and distrust and often sadly even hate those who are not exactly like us - and that truly is a very sad situation.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/15/2006
Peter,

Sad...very sad. When other nations are in trouble, they don't hesitate to ask for a hand up. We need help, and they kick us when we're down.

An eyeopening, heartbreaking reality.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. *tears*
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 4/15/2006

If Ms. Christian Cox would care to do the right thing, first she wouldn't go to PUBS; secondly, she would call the security ~ THE TUBE'S POLICE ~ whenever offended by RACIST and HARASSERS, and report the situation. She could also call the police, when harassed in a PUB.

I HAVE WITNESSED THE PREJUDICE AGAINST AMERICANS THROUGHOUT ENGLAND ON MY FIRST TRIP TO THE THEOCRATIC STATES in 1974 ~ Christians and otherwise ~ and in those days it was inclusive on the moral ground. A common comment then was: "WHEN GERMANS WERE COMING, WE PROTECTED OUR HOUSES. WHEN THE AMERICANS ARRIVED WE HAD TO PROTECT OUR WOMEN AND CHILDREN". This prejudice is on for many centuries, and should not be ignored, for all Theocratic States practice discrimination and promote serfdom.

WHENEVER ONE IS SUBJECT TO HARASSMENT THE PROPER ACTION IS: REPORT THE CASE TO THE AUTHORITIES, FOLLOW THE MATTER AND SUE THE OFFENDING PARTY.

Thirdly, before going abroad find out about the laws of the countries concerning civil rights, obligations and privileges.

The head of government only has power to VETO and APPROVE what the legislators decide.
The head of government can also send proposals to be approved by the legislators, which they can VETO or APPROVE, therefore, The Congress (The legislative houses.) representing the PEOPLE is to be held responsible for what they allowed the Head of government (THE PRESIDENT) to sign.

JUSTICE IS THE ONLY WAY TO UNDERSTANDING AND HARMONY AMONG HUMAN BEINGS.

WHEN THE PEOPLE STOP HAILING ZEUS JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL.


Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/15/2006
Interesting and eye opening read; it's a shame, really! Very well done; thanks for sharing!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in America, Karen Lynn in Texas. :(
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 4/15/2006
Peter,
Thank you for sharing this, I'm sure there are many Americans out there that just have no clue how the rest of the world is going to treat them when they are traveling abroad these days, but I can see by the comments of all those that wrote in, that I best stay put in my own Country, for a black eye would probably not have been the extent of the damages..to me or them.
One person said that not only had they suffered Ms Cox's same treatment, but they always apologize for America's leaders. My blood boiled when I read that.
Brainwashed? Ha! Yeah right!
To have pride in your Country, and to show patriotism and appreciation for and to the land you were born in, is not brainwashing, it's being a part of the Freedom, that so many died to preserve. A part of the heritage that has been flooded over and over by the blood of many a lost loved one, on beaches and battlegrounds around the world. For one to apologize, one must feel they have wronged another, well, I for one will never be found apologizing, to anyone just so I won't have to face confrontation, and to keep from defending a Country, I love and appreciate. I won't stab the Veteran, and the Hero, that sacrificed for me their lives and livelihood so that I could live freely, by apologizing for what they have given to and for me.
Choosing to live in another country is all fine and dandy, but they should first realize that when they stepped foot on foreign soil, they weren't in Kansas anymore Toto, and their Home Sweet Home wasn't being guarded under the constant eye of 'Ol Glory, so they are on their own.
My only suggestion for all those Americans that have made their choice to live elsewhere, is either get some backbone, or simply, suck it up. But for heavens sake quit apologizing, your making the rest of us look bad, and that's something I personally don't appreciate.

Thank You Peter!

Lisa
Reviewed by George Carroll 4/15/2006
The British media has been anti-american for quite some time, so it doesn't surprise me that many Brits have a hatred for us and especially President Bush. They are now marching to the drum beat of the rest of Europe who have hated us for a lot longer time. If you are afraid to say you are an American in England then it makes me wonder why you would want to live there Ms Cox
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/15/2006
This is not my place to say anything..all I can say both my American and Brit friends are way too special to hurt anyones feelings!!

Me comming to VISIT the UK VERY soon I better keep my big mouth shut and where it belongs.....in the coffee pot... :)!!

Thanks for sharing...I think people sometimes read too much into other peoples actions and fire it off as racism...right???

Love Tinka SA



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