Question for Europe
Question for Europe ??From 417,000 American Ghosts
By Michael Bresciani
It is hard to say if the anti-American attitude is driven by jealousy, fear, insecurity or the latest neoanarchist cravings of post Christian Europe. Maybe Europeans see Americans as a bunch of hamburger chomping, truck loving, Hollywood inspired country nitwits. Although long since known and now mostly lost they should be reminded that they are thinking this way about their very own not too ancient progenitors. Hey, maybe if they had states as big as whole European countries, over two hundred years of freedom and a constitution that kept them from dictators, monopolizing monarchs and life endangering tyrannies they might want to chomp a few hamburgers in their Chevy trucks while riding somewhere just to take in a good movie. But that is not the real issue, so what is?
I?ôll go out on a limb here and say that even without a professional polling service to back me up there are millions of Americans who feel a bit betrayed and even hurt by Europe?ôs short memory. Because a lot of our youth hardly know how many Americans fought and died in European theatres of war I may be on thin ice if I expect Europeans to remember such things. But here?ôs the rub. We haven?ôt forgotten the British, French, Dutch and many others in Europe, we still go along in our Chevy?ôs thinking were a bit safer for having them on our side. We are not all so distracted by Hollywood and hamburgers that we fail to notice that old friends are getting wishy washy.