Finn dAbuzz wrote:
...It's good to be knowledgeable about the world, but there is a reason Europeans tend to be more knowledgeable about the US than Americans are about Europeans. America has a greater potential to affect their lives than Europe does ours. I doubt very much that when Brittania ruled the waves that the average Brit knew anything more about China than Chinese Gordon was kicking Chinese ass with his swagger stick or about the Sudan than Kitchener was kicking Mahdi follower ass to avenge Gordon and cement the territory in the Empire.
Perhaps you are a bit too humble in your analysis. There is a secular religion, as I see it, called Americanism. Just like Catholics might not like someone that is not a Catholic criticizing the Catholic Church, some Americans do not like others criticizing the U.S. when the the critics are foreigners. And, let's not forget that we helped saved Europeans from becoming members of a regime that was ready to have a caste system, based on how Aryan one was (an artificial construct). Europeans, in my opinion, too often suffer from exactly what for two millenia they thought Jews suffered from (a superiority complex).
My focus is on the Europeans that were happy, that after the smoke lifted from WWII, the Jews were gone. Nor could they come back and be safe. And now they criticize Israel. So, there is no love lost for continental Europe. I wish them no harm; I just don't value them, since that was/is their attitude towards me.
Sorry, the American (U.S.) people are different than many Europeans. I tend to think it has something to do with Protestants were the early bird here, and set the culture for an inclusive mode (they needed help to manage such a big country), rather than the exclusive mode as in much of Europe (often a Catholic country, in my opinion, since control might be the orientation of a Catholic country, while a Protestant country values wealth, and hey, Jews seem to have an affinity to making money).