WWI. The Americans cross over the Atlantic and ‘save the day’ in Europe.
WWII. The Americans cross over the Atlantic and the Pacific and have a crucial contribution in saving the day in the whole world.
After the WWII the communists took over Romania, with massive help from the Soviet Russia.
Some people took to the mountains hoping to keep aflame the liberty torch until the, in their view, inevitable war between the US and Russia will eventually end with an American victory and Freedom will come back to Romania.
Sixty years later I find this joke in my mailbox:
“An Australian man was having a coffee and croissants with butter and jam in a café when an American tourist, chewing gum, sat down next to him. The Australian politely ignored the American, who, nevertheless started up a conversation.
The American snapped his gum and said “You Australian folk eat the whole bread?”
The Australian frowned, annoyed with being bothered during his breakfast, and replied “of course”.
The American blew a huge bubble. “We don’t. In the States, we only eat what’s inside. The crusts we collect in a container, recycle them, transform them into croissants and sell them to Australia”.
The American had a smirk on his face.
The Australian listened in silence.
The American persisted “D’ya eat jam with your bread?”
Sighing, the Australian replied “Of course”.
Cracking his gum between his teeth, the American said “We don’t. In the States, we eat fresh fruit for breakfast, then we put all the peels, seed and the leftovers in containers, recycle them, transform them into jam and sell it to Australia.
The Australian then asked “Do you have sex in the States?” The American smiled and said “Why of course we do”. The Australian leaned closer to him and asked “And what do you do with the condoms once you’ve used them?
“We throw them away, of course!”
Now it was the Australians turn to smile. “We don’t. In Australia, we put them in a container, recycle them, melt them down into chewing gum and sell them to the United States. Why do you think it’s called Wrigley’s?”
What happened in these 60 years? I was convinced that Australia is one of the America’s staunchest allies. Shouldn’t Australians have a favorable opinion about the Americans? My personal experience tells me that people you meet in the Main Street, America, don’t act like that and yet a lot of non-Americans, specially those with weak or no direct ties with the US itself, see Americans as being arrogant. Could this be explained by the way the Wall Street Influences the American foreign policy?