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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-07-03 09:41 AM
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Economist: America versus the world
A collection of articles examining how America is, or isn't, different from the rest of the world (religion, patriotism, etc.)

This is an introductory article ("Greatest danger, or greatest hope?")
"By intervening in Iraq, against the majority of world opinion but with the courage of its own convictions and the support of a few allies, America showed that it was indeed a different nation from others: one prepared to shoulder responsibilities and to do what it thinks is right. Such behaviour is alarming precisely because it is bold and, by today's standards, different. It is never likely to bring forth a cascade of praise or gifts. It was done, however, in a way likely to reinforce the concern, as administration officials poured abuse on their foreign critics and, through their violations of human rights, damaged America's own moral authority. Now, though, the argument has to be won by creating facts on the ground. If the facts are of failure, America will be likely to shrink back into its shell. But success is there to be had. It will take a long, costly and painful effort. Only once it is done, however, will hope be restored and danger dispelled."

and then a series on different aspects starting at:

I love this comment, in the middle of it:
"Lots of Americans like to buy products that shout, I'm large. I'm loud. I'm ready for anything, such as army assault vehicles lightly disguised as cars, or outdoor grills the size of small kitchens, or Arnold Schwarzenegger."
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donhakman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-07-03 05:31 PM
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1. Long costly painful effort
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-07-03 05:36 PM
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2. Nice -- Guerica the Second
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