Monday, May 14, 2007

Listen to This...

The BBC World Service is running a radio documentary called "Death to America." They've put it out onine It explores anti-Americanism around the world. It starts in Venezuela, then moves to Turkey. It's really very enlightening and is a good thing to listen to. The United States is fairly isolated, all things considered. We have only Canada and Mexico as immediate neighbors, and we've tended to discount criticism from those quarters.

One of the strange ideas that I've encountered when talking to people is the idea that understanding of a viewpoint is synonymous with supporting that viewpoint. This makes it hard to talk about anti-Americanism with people, as being able to speak to the concept is often taken as having bought into it. This is a narrow view that should be shed, so that we can better understand the world that exists around us.

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