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Content for Blog to America is completely generated by the readers. This site brings together individuals from around the world to post their opinions on the United States in the form of letters and comments. Our site aims to encourage global communication and create an international dialogue between America and the world. The most interesting of these letters and comments will be included in a future publication.


Letters from Americans are kept on the American Perspectives page.


The Eagle Spirit from Vietnam

Dear America,
Many people are angry with you for instigating war in the Middle East and for acting like the world's police. I see your arrogance, but let's take a few seconds to reflect at what you've done for the world. I gather three major contributions: 1) Your charitable act toward third world countries, 2) Your initiation in reserving this planet, 3) Your effort in preventing another holocaust.

Before I proceed, I must clarify that when referring to America, I am talking about the people and not just the government itself. It is evident that America has by far poured more money in assisting world's disasters than any other countries. For example, America had assisted victims of the Indonesian Tsunami in 2004 but what have America received from the world when the Hurricane Katrina struck? During the Hurricane Katrina and the September 11 event, America united and assisted each other. There are those who contributed money and those who contributed man power. Such events are self-evident that America is generous by heart. I must admit that there are con artists who swindle citizens during bad times but there will always be a bad apple in the basket.

By far, I've seen more American environmental activists than any other countries. Look at the policies and guidelines that the government has imposed upon companies. It is harder to establish a manufacturing company in America than elsewhere because of the rules and policies. I am not speaking about how effective these policies are; I am just merely pointing out that America has made environmental factor awareness.

Many people are calling America arrogant because she is aggressive in her own ways. I remember NATO was formed to prevent another holocaust but I see that NATO hasn't met up with its initial goals. Members of the NATO wait for America to act as the world police while they sit back and watch. I remember reading a book about Italy selling weapons to Iraq and terrorists while America is at war.

I can see that the world looks at America through the immaculate lens. Let's face it, America can strive to be perfect but perfection can never be achieved. In conclusion, I think America is still the best country to live in. America is more charitable, environmentally friendly and self-righteous than any other countries that I've lived in.


About the Author:

Name: The Eagle Spirit
Age: 24
Country: Vietnam
City: Peoria
State: AZ
Gender: Female
Experience With US: Currently Live in the United States

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enigmatikmike from Malta - The Tiny Islander

Dear America,

I must admit that writing this letter is proving to be more difficult than expected. I really admire you. I really really do. Or at least did. You seem to have lost it now.

Take the Iraq war. It's irrelevant whether the war was justified or not in the first place. What really irritates me is that your political leaders didn't even bother to plan it properly in the first place. As a result young American men and women are dying for a botched cause, in a botched war. And you let them. Just because your political leaders say so.

Or take the fact that as the world's most industrialised nation you should be the ones tearing down barriers to scientific research, and yet there you are denouncing science in the name of God, just because your religious leaders say so. In the name of God? Since when have we slipped back into the Middle Ages? Over 40% of your people claim not to believe in evolution. How can one not believe in a law of nature? I can deny the existence of gravity but I'll still fall down if I jump off a cliff. It is quite ironic to battle religious extremism on one end of the globe while fostering your own version at home.

It is quite sad that being anti-American is cool. It is quite unfitting that young Europeans should choose to associate themselves with Communism just to spite America (because if they knew what Communism really stood for they wouldn't embrace it so lovingly). Yet it doesn't make sense to ignore your natural allies and go it alone. You may have all the power, but Europe has the experience.

You are in your early adulthood. Physically powerful, and full of testosterone, you consider your weaker elders to be just cowards who are fit for nothing. Yet that is the mistake a lot of young adults make, and come to regret later on. In a world where your enemies are increasing, it would make more sense to consult more with your true friends.

And even accept criticism with a smile once in a while.


About the Author:

Name: enigmatikmike
Age: 21
Country: Malta
City: Paola
Gender: Male
Income: Low
Occupation: Student
Experience With US: Never Visited the United States
Website: http://enigmatikmike.blogspot.com

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The Atheist Jew from Canada

Dear America,

As a Canadian, I realize that you are our protectors. Not that we've needed you lately, but we know you are there.

America is most criticized because it is the chief of police of the world. One country had to take that role, and it was you.

Even though I find it annoying that you have such a high percentage of people who deny evolution and even an ancient earth, I realize that your approach will lead to the availability of the truth. It is there at least, and nobody is prevented from getting to it.

You realize that radical Islam must be reformed, and learned a lesson about trying to make it happen so fast in Iraq. It was inevitable that a middle eastern Muslim majority country had to be taken to task, and Iraq made sense.

We have seen a step forward in many of the Arab Muslim countries because of it. It will take more time than you thought, but at least now, the groundwork for reform is there.

You realize that the Palestinians are the true aggressors in the Israeli conflict. You realize that if the Arabs dropped their guns there would be peace. You realize that it is the Palestinian's fault for the mess they put themselves in. Arab Muslim intolerance must disappear before the world will peaceful.

America, you get it. Don't worry what idiots think of you. In the morning they will still be idiots.
History will salute what America is doing today.


About the Author

Name: The Atheist Jew
Age: 46
Country: Canada
State: Ontario
Gender: Male
Income: Medium
Occupation: Consultant
Experience With US: Visited the United States
Website: http://baconeatingatheistjew.blogspot.com/

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Shlemazl from Canada

Dear America,

Just to say THANK YOU.

Thank you for giving me and and billions of other people freedom. Freedom from Nazism. Freedom from Communism. Freedom to say what we want. Freedom to castigate you.

Mistakes happen. Still, throughout the 20th century and beyond America has been a force for good.

Good luck!

About the Author

Name: shlemazl
Age: 37
Country: Canada
City: Toronto
State: On
Gender: Male
Income: High
Occupation: Nuclear
Experience With US: Visited the United States
Website: http://shlemazl.blogspot.com

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Orikinla from Nigeria

Dear America,

"Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day."
~Thomas Jefferson

"Nigeria at this moment is not "most Corrupt" just "6th Corrupt" and if that is what it is according to this particular measuring stick then so be it (at least it is consistent!)"

Which indices made Nigeria "the most corrupt in 2000 it is now the 6th most corrupt"?

I was once a Unicef Consultant and privy to the same similar indices used in the summation of the levels of unemployment and populations in the State of the World Human Development Reports and using Western mathematics for African developments were erroneous.

An unemployed man in America is totally different from an unemployed man in Nigeria. In Nigeria, all our so called unemployed people are engaged in petty trading and other commercial activities since they have no social security system to take care of their temporary deprivations. We also have own extended family welfare system that these Western statistics cannot be used to measure economic developments in Africa. Commerce and corruption are within the same matrix of human development.

Now in tagging any country as 6th or even 100th most corrupt nation in the world, the indices cannot be the same.

I am not defending corruption in Nigeria.
I don't just agree with the Western yardstick used in judging Africa.

Our Police officers collect bribe. But why?
Did they study the reasons for the low level of human capital development in Nigeria and how that has affected the environment and the human environment determines the evolution of human development.

I was also engaged in national Family Planning projects under the USAID in Nigeria and these differences were noted.

What or who made Nigeria corrupt.

Sokari mentioned less corrupt African countries?

What are the conditions of life in these countries like Ghana and Botswana?

What kind of corruption are we measuring here? Public misappropriation of funds and bribery in Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa where the ruling oligarchs and multinational corporations have so exploited and abused and misused the natural resources and economically enslaved the low income wage earners who are deliberately underpaid from the public sector to the private sector? Like here in the Nigeria LNG RAs where the Nigerian teachers teaching in the Nigeria LNG School cannot enroll their own children and are not given any accommodation within the RAs. And one of the teachers lost his wife during childbirth, because he couldn't afford the quality medical care she needed and the Nigeria LNG RA Hospital said his wife was not entitled to any medical care in the hospital and his children cannot even be admitted to the hospital. But, the White teachers have their children in the Nigeria LNG RA School with full first class accommodation and medical care.

Have you been to our police barracks?
I don't pray for even my worst enemy to live in the Nigerian police barracks. Because, they are not different from the worst tenement in the worst ghettoes in America and other developed countries. And do you know the minimum wage of the police officers?
And they say they collect bribe?
What is bribe in America and Europe is not bribe in Nigeria.

What of the corruption in America where the crime rate in New York alone in a month is worse than the crime rate in Nigeria in one year. Where teenage pregnancies are in hundreds of thousands? Where abortions are state rights?

So what or which indices shall we use to determine these notoriety and monstrosity of criminal corruption in America?

The billions of dollars of stolen African public funds are in American and European banks for years and they knew these were stolen funds and they collected them and have pooled them into the same IMF, Paris Club, London Club and other Western and Eastern financial funds from which they have been giving loans and "White Elephant" grants for their sponsored "White Elephant" projects in Nigeria and other African countries. Now we read about "Abacha Loot" returned from Swiss Banks. What of the interests? Now they want us to thank them for debt relief? Which debt? The debt or the interest?

$200 million of Abacha loot in a Swiss bank for over seven years! Do you know how much that money has generated in their economy?
So, what of the implications of the collections of stolen Nigerian public funds in Swiss banks which to me is worse than the much publicized Nigerian Internet Scammers.

A thief is a thief whether you steal one dollar or one billion dollar and whether you stole it or kept the stolen property.
Is stolen public funds not stolen property?

America, since you are the fire brigade of the world, come and help us put out the fire in the Niger Delta before the fire engulfs the whole of Nigeria!


About the Author

Name: Orikinla Osinachi
Age: 44
Country: Nigeria
City: Bonny Island
State: River State
Gender: Male
Income: High
Occupation: Publisher/Writer and Producer
Experience With US: Never Visited the United States
Website: http://forum.nigeriantimesinternational.com

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Jasen from Macedonia

Dear America,
All those small conflict and wars you make all over the world really makes me sick. I could not believe US are actually doing this stuff until it happened in my country. I could see they were bombing neighboring Serbia because of that a**hole Milosevic and I tried to justify it somehow. Even I'm actually Serb by nationality and I had (and still have) large part of my closest relatives and friends there. I tried to digest all the assuring bullshit they were putting on their media. But after few years all those local crimes and peasants (mostly Albanians from Kosovo) they were arming, started attacking Macedonia. A small poor country that tried somehow to defend itself from a bunch of armed criminals. And what happens next is Macedonians got put in same light like Serbs nationalists. At the same time bunch of military consulting experts and agencies from US and Europe started offering services and making cash out of this. These people were "helping" the war to start up using their ties in media, politicians etc. This makes it clear war by itself is money maker. I just could not believe all the lies that I saw on TV those days. BBC was MAKING things up in front of my eyes! It was unbelievable how they deliberately changed facts and setup up totally bullshit news from there. Like anyone actually really cared about it after all. It was happening and there was nothing no one could do. All those people need to make cash and I was at the wrong place at the wrong time. There is always some poor and uneducated people that your corrupt politicians will sell weapons to make war and to make money. America you are a monster. You are feeding with weak countries! Damn you. You f*cked up my life.

About the Author:

Name: Jasen
Age: 26
Country: Macedonia
City: Skopje
Gender: Male
Income: Low
Occupation: IT
Experience With the US: Never Visited the United States

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Alba from Mexico

Dear America,

When I am asked about what I don’t like about you, I could recite a litany of attitudes, people and things that I do not like. But when faced with a white piece of paper and a blank cheque (yes, with a que) to write about this topic, it becomes much harder to do it because the answer cannot come from a moment of irrationality; it has to be thought out.

A few months ago a teacher asked us during a class what we thought of you. Some said they admired your power, your will, your way of life, some others said they didn’t like you, largely for the same reasons. I was the only one who actually said I couldn’t understand you, and I still think, after almost two semesters of teachers trying to explain to me what you are, and how you behave, that you have this aura of mystery that will never be broken.

I will not say that I hate your policies, even though I am Mexican and thus on the losing side of a wall that your leaders have decided to set up, but the truth is, sometimes my country has taken advantage of your weakness. I will not say that I admire you in absolute terms because I believe that some things can never be absolute. But I will say that I think you must have something other than a special permission from God to become what you are. You have people that take the world situation, analyze it, and work to your advantage (at least most of the time). You are a country where the majority of people wouldn’t be able to pin point Montana, let alone Iraq, on a map. And yet, in spite of what a lot of countries say about your people, you still manage to be on the winning side of most battles. That says a lot about you and the people me and my classmates make fun of.

So if it is a special deal you have with God, enjoy it. If it is a cultural thing we could all learn a bit from you. I am not saying you haven’t made any mistakes, or that we should learn everything from you. Nobody is perfect, but while the rest of the world laughs about the stereotype of the big-blond-burger eating American, you are still racing far ahead of us. I still don’t agree with the way you have treated my country, and a lot of others, for that matter. And I do believe that your biggest mistakes in foreign policy have come back at you, a boomerang with a vengeance. But through it all, you have found strength, and your people are slowly realizing that mistakes can be corrected, that leaders aren’t always right.

So your society shouldn’t be despised, since we could learn quite a few things from it. Being your neighbour by a long border makes everything that happens to you important to me, at a very personal level. And while I cannot say that I admire you in your true glory, I can say that if we only stopped to think about why you are “so great”, we would find many, many reasons to either prove or disprove your greatness. I am sitting on the fence for this discussion, but not before I say that perhaps we always make fun of the stereotype I mentioned above because that is exactly what we are becoming ourselves.

Alba


About the Author

Name: Alba
Country: Mexico
Gender: Female
Occupation International Relations Student

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