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An American (soon to be) in Europe

My two-word reaction to this article: ho hum. My three-word reaction: back to normal.

When I am in France, I will not expect to be treated specially because I'm an American. I didn't expect it in 2000-01 and I won't expect it this year. Just because your country exports low-quality hamburgers and an annoying squeaky cartoon mouse, that doesn't mean that you deserve special treatment. Just because your country was attacked over a year ago, that doesn't mean that you deserve special treatment.

More likely than being treated specially, I will be expecting some abuse for my citizenship. Americans will not be very popular, especially if Señor Arbusto goes to war with Iraq against everyone else's judgment. It's hard to represent your country, especially if you don't agree with and don't want to defend the things that it does. You have to develop a thicker skin than the people in this article.

srah - Thursday, 12 September 2002 - 12:12 AM
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