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Laial from Iran -The Murder of Benazir Bhutto & Charlie Wilson's War

Dear America,

I had written an angry satirical article about the new film Charlie Wilson's War, which I have not seen yet, except for extensive excerpts on a History Channel documentary. It purported to be the real story of the late Rep. Charlie Wilson, and had him chortling, I love it as the right-wing Muslim guerrillas whom he and the Reagan administration massively funded through Pakistan and hailed as freedom fighters were about to triumph over the evil Soviet empire.

I was advised to keep my review on tap until I had seen the film, which is reasonable advice.

Yet, Benazir Bhutto was murdered in Pakistan yesterday and the murder, as I see it, has a direct relationship to the war in Afghanistan in the 1980s, the subject of Charlie Wilson's War.

Afghanistan's history from the late 1970s to the present is very complicated. The country itself was one of the poorest in the world, divided along ethnic tribal lines and long a battleground among great powers, for example, in the 19th century between the British and czarist Russian empires.

Afghanistan bordered the Soviet Union, and ethnic groups who also were part of the Soviet Union were minority populations in Afghanistan. The Soviets had helped to educate a significant number of Afghanis and an influential Communist Party existed in the city of Kabul. Feudal and prefeudal nomadic elites were predominant in much of the country and the
Muslim religion was the primary unifying force.

Afghani Communists took power in Kabul in 1978, faced with threats from the newly established brutal military dictatorship in Pakistan, and also hoping to advance a social revolution, bringing mass education, land reform and other vital social reforms to the people.

The Pakistani military dictator General Zia had publicly executed Muhammad Ali Bhutto, the civilian prime minister whom he overthrew (father of Benazir Bhutto). Zia wasnt the first Pakistani military dictator but he was the worst. His regime turned more and more to rightist
clerical elements as a base of support and also worked with Saudis to establish right-wing religious primary schools in a country where large sections of the population, including a large majority of the female population, were totally illiterate.

Afghani Communists, tragically, were unable to achieve the unity that is a prerequisite for all communist parties everywhere to keep a coalition together and make pro-people gains. They were divided into rival factions which fought each other fiercely over policy. Despite all the
gains made, there were disastrous errors in seeking to advance the revolution into the countryside, great ineptitude in the land reform policy among cadre with a limited understanding of agriculture, and an aggressive self-defeating anti-clericalism in response to the clerical opposition to the revolution.

With the Pakistani military dictatorship under Zia aiding right-wing Muslim guerrillas, President Jimmy Carters National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski defeated Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and gained Carters support to use the CIA to provide aid to the guerrillas.
Brzezinski saw this aid as creating an Afghan trap for the Soviets, manipulating them into a military intervention which, he hoped, would be their Vietnam.

The Soviets did intervene at the end of 1979 to both save the Kabul government, an ally, and advance a social revolution against fiercely reactionary clerically based forces. For the Soviets, the intervention was both a protection of their own borders and also a reassertion of
proletarian internationalist aid for people seeking to make a social revolution against the forces of internal reaction and foreign imperialism.

CIA aid to the Afghan freedom fighters was picking up under the Reagan administration, which used the advertising term Evil Empire, before the real Charlie Wilson got into the act, although Wilson did play the role of a political fixer, using his position on the House
Intelligence Committee to get more and more money and military aid to the freedom fighters while he ran around Afghanistan for many colorful photo ops.

Large numbers of refugees were created by the Afghan war and great atrocities, as there are in all modern wars. In the U.S. and capitalist media, the Soviets were blamed for these atrocities and large sections of the Euro-American left pretty much went along with the view that this
was a battle between David and Goliath in which the social issues were unimportant compared to the Soviet bad guys and the Afghani anti-imperialist good guys.

However, Indian media particularly, along with other non-Soviet sources, emphasized the fanaticism and crimes committed by the guerillas, including the atrocities that they committed against Soviet military personnel, their families, and those Afghani people whom they saw as
collaborators women seeking to go to schools that the Communist government had established, people seeking to free themselves from the domination of CIA-supported gunmen who might beat them brutally if their beards weren't long enough.

While the real Charlie Wilson was running around with U.S. congressmen,General Zia and Afghan mujahedeen, the CIA was recruiting tens of thousands of foreign fighters from Muslim countries and training them in the Afghan-Pakistan border areas to attack Afghanistan. Money for this war was not only raised from the U.S. appropriations but from
heroin traffic that led Pakistan in the 1990s to have the highest per capita number of heroin addicts in the world.

Benazir Bhutto became prime minister briefly after General Zias death and the restoration of civilian rule. She returned as prime minister in the mid 1990s. The people of Pakistan, less directly than the people of Afghanistan but more so than any other people, suffered from the
counter-revolutionary guerrilla war that Reagan and Zia carried forward against Afghanistan.

As Mikhail Gorbachev began a policy of Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in the late 1980s, Al Qaeda, or the Base, was founded in 1988 under the leadership of Osama bin Laden, leader of the Saudi Arabian contingent of anti-Communist fighters in Afghanistan, scion of one of the
wealthiest capitalist families in the region, and both fundraiser and major logistical man for the guerrillas, much admired at the time by the CIA with whom he had worked for many years.

The Communist-led government in Kabul was eventually destroyed. In Afghanistan, a warlord terror regime was followed by the ultra-right clerical Taliban regime, whose attempts to terrorize its own people into accepting universal female illiteracy, the primacy of a literalist
interpretation of religious law and misery and poverty in this life as a necessity for the next shocked the people throughout the world.

With the dismemberment of the Soviet Union, Osama bin Laden, who, regardless of his CIA friends, had long seen the U.S. and the West as both a sink of sin and a legion of Christian Crusaders and Jewish Zionists seeking to conquer Islam, substituted the U.S. for the Soviet Union as his main enemy, and, setting himself up in Afghanistan with the wholehearted support of the Taliban government that he and the CIA had largely created, began to launch the attacks that led eventually to the destruction of the World Trade Center.

By then, the CIA was much more interested in covering up its long-term relationship with bin Laden than really doing much about him. Its Pakistani intelligence allies were heavily compromised and infiltrated with Al Qaeda and Taliban supporters, and bin Laden family money was around. So U.S. authorities werent that keen on investigating the activities of the bin Laden black sheep Osama.

Today, Al Qaeda and Taliban forces attack the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan from the base areas that the CIA and the Pakistani ISI used to attack the Soviet-supported Communist government over 20 years ago.

Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister, has been murdered under the regime of the present military dictator, who imprisoned and held her husband in jail for years without formal charges, along with many other opponents of the dictatorship, just as her father was in effect murdered by the previous military dictator.

And of course, Pakistan does have weapons of mass destruction, nuclear weapons, which it has developed as part of its ongoing conflict with India.

I said at the beginning that I wasn't going to write a review of Charlie Wilsons War until I see the film, but I think this final comment on its advertising is merited. In the commercials for the film, a narrator says with a straight face that without Charlie Wilson history would have been sadly different. Different perhaps, but unless one is a sadist, a masochist, or a reactionary who loves war and destruction for the hell of it, whether it is the destruction of the World Trade Center or the invasion of Iraq happily, not sadly, different.



By: Norman N

C/o: Laila-Shansi


About the Author:

Name: Laila-Shansi
Age: 55
Country: Iran
City: Tehran
Gender: Female
Income: Low
Occupation: FIRED!
Experience With US: Never Visited the United States

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Laila from Iran - Catch Them If You Can!

Dear America,

I hope you reach to the positive signals of 'Change We Believe In'.

Iranians can't differentiate between Democrats and Republicans. Though their promises and programs have "interior consumption" but the two party's foreign policy is almost the same. Imagine the absence of Persians' burning desires for solution of human rights demands amid Democrat's diplomacy on open and unconditional talks on oil, nuclear weapon.. and promises of "rose garden" to our governors!

On the other hand, your foreign policy is under control of behind scene lobbyists and the CIA's actions. The U.S. nightmare is middle-east nations' awareness, a risky factor for immunize and assurance of America's benefits.

The solution : putting these areas in crisis in which CIA experts know how to do that perfectly!.

Unfortunately, the ancient civilized non-Arab PERSIA, a place for westerners gambling and competition, locates in this hell. Persians and world historical memory never forget American COUP against our Beloved, Nationalist Prime Minister Mr. Mosaddegh, the leader of independence movement for freedom in the 50's. For that coup, marked protesters and opponents were imprisoned, tortured and killed. CIA destroyed Persians' any signs of hope to manage better life forever.

Current unacceptable frustrating situation of Iran is the results of untold solidarity among Britain, the Soviet Union, and America's past wrongful interfere to our country's interior affairs.

We also observe rapid growth of fanatic ideology of extremism inside and outside our borders, thanks to CIA's previous financially supports and training of Islamic extremists to combat against USSR's trace in Afghanistan and now a huge threat to World Peace.

Catch your smart trainees, so called freedom-fighters and now Islamic extremist enemy, if you can !! and keep them from charging innocent people.

-Laila


About the Author:

Name: Laila - Shansi
Age: 55
Country: Iran
City: Tehran
State: Tehran
Gender: Female
Income: Medium
Occupation: FIRED!
Experience With US: Never Visited the United States
Website: http://www.myspace.com/shansi

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Chong from Malaysia - How America Affects Us

Dear America,

I am a Malaysian of Chinese descent. In trade, politics, fashion and especially mass media, America or the US (as we like to call you here) affects us tremendously. Since the late 50s, after we got our independence from Britain, the American influence was all mighty from Elvis Presley and Western cowboy movies. America was the hero, the great country. They brought down the Germans and the Japanese. Our leaders admired you so much that they borrow the stripes of your flag for our new one.

However, of late, your heroic image has taken a dark change. Because of our multi racial and multi religious nature, we are seeing America through colored lenses. Our Malay and Muslim brothers hate the Americans for their war against terrorism which affects Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan and the perceived bias for Israel. To the economically vibrant Chinese community here, the key American business role here is increasingly being taken over by an ever stronger China.

I would like to see an America that continues to fight for the weak, the besieged and the poor. The war against terror has taken a paradigm shift that future generations might see as a fight against the weak.


About the Author:

Name: Chong Kee Chew
Age: 48
Country: Malaysia
City: Kuala Lumpur
State: Capital
Gender: Male
Income: Medium
Occupation: Sales Manager
Experience With US: Never Visited the United States

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Yfi from Iran on Freedom and World War II

Dear America,

I have never been to your shores, but I feel that I need to share with you the important role which your country (and all it stands for) has played in my life. I was born in Germany in 1969. My parents were both War children. They were 5 when the Allies marched into what was left of the Reich. Mum grew up in the British sector and has many heart-breaking memories, not only of being bombed out twice, of a brother in a concentration camp due to political activity and of seeing her father killed, but also of the occupation time, when British soldiers were none too kind to little German urchins. My father however, lived in the American Sector. His war time experiences were just as horrific, but the evil was over (according to him) when the 'Amis' rolled into the little town. Initially immensely fearful, the American soldiers won him over with smiles, chocolate and rides on tanks. He describes how he realized (even as a little boy) that his family had been lied to about the Americans - that they were fair and kind, not imperialistic and cruel. He learned elementary English hanging around America soldiers. His family began to receive CARE parcels packed in the US and sent to starving families in occupied Germany. For the first time in all of his life (born in 1939), my dad and his siblings had enough to eat and even some small luxuries. My dad's impressions and recollections have had a profound effect on my own opinion- not so much of America (as a political idea...too much abject nonsense has happened recently), but of the basis of American democracy and human rights. I know from Dad that military intervention is possible for all the right reasons. It does not have to do with oil, etc. My German family never saw the Americans as anything other than liberators and enablers. I still believe in you and I will teach my children to do so also. God bless America.


About the Author:

Name: Yfi
Age: 38
Country: Australia
Gender: Female
Occupation: Teacher
Experience With US: Never Visited the United States

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Redwing from Germany - The New Age Empire

Dear America,

Excuse me if my English isn't perfect but I guess you will understand what i want to say.

I just want to say that I despise and hate the USA. The USA have forgotten it's rebellious origin and it's liberation fight against the British Empire. Since the end of World War II they've become an empire themselves. They suppress people around the whole world and can't accept that there are more and more of them which shit on the mendacious so called American way of life. They talk about democracy and freedom but they're just interested in might and money. In Vietnam they supported a dictator which canceled the elections because he saw that he won't win them. And then the USA fought against the justified peoples resistance. In Chile the USA pushed a cruel dictator with in neighbour states trained personal terrorists and local people's suppressors to the government and crushed a wonderful socialist democracy and a peoples president (Allende). In Grenada it was almost the same, except of the fact, that the USA lead the Invasion by themselves. They destroyed social hopes of the people and supported dictators!
Especially Latin America was suppressed by that new age empire which thought the whole continent belongs to them and other countries there are just cheap and obeying satellites.

And then take a look at more current times. The USA raid the Iraq and tell us something about mass destruction weapons and liberation but these all are damn lies. There are no mass destruction weapons in the Iraq - unfortunately, because this would have been an impressive defensive measure against evil Invaders from west. The USA have surely more mass destruction weapons than any other nation but dare to forbid and allow other countries to have it or not. The Iraq had been no threat for the world but the USA proved many times that they are. Is there a nation which lead more wars? The USA always fight in foreign countries and dare to talk about defense. In Iraq they just want oil and a bigger presence in the Arab region. They want to expand they're new age empire, like Romans have done in the past. But notice: every empire failed one day. ;-)

The USA expands mass poverty inside the nation and in the world. They keep an evil political system which ends always in crisis- like in world war 2- and in which the absolute majority of all people just can lose. Capitalism is a dark realm of a rich minority- and this means that the system cant work. But the USA defend it despite of that and cause desperation, suppression and poverty. It's not surprising that the resistance in the world against that special kind of terrorism is getting bigger and bigger. The USA talk about cowardly "terrorists" but just dare to fight them miles away from the air with missiles. THIS is cowardly. And they absolutely cant distinguish between origin and result- like the most rulers. They cant or they just don't want.

And take a look inside, man. Over 35 millions in the USA live already in extreme poverty and more and more people have to do two or three jobs a day just to survive. This is no live and no good circumstance. This is f*cking hell- the American way of existing. And it's getting worse and worse. There are so large differences of wealth- and it's a damn minority which has and gets it almost all. This is no justice. And this global tyranny of a rich minority and especially the government of the USA want to force the rest oft all mankind to accepts this system and suffer for it. But we won't- we won't. We don't let us influence by the naive US-propaganda as such easy as us-Americans. ;-) And even they will more and more wake up in the face of that failing capitalistic hell.

Yours Redwing- German neosocialist and webfighter :-)

A hail to the revolution!

PS: Thanks to your mad president because he showed the rest oft the world the true face of the USA better than many presidents before!


About the Author:

Name: Redwing
Age: 28
Country: Germany
City: Bremen
State: Bremen
Gender: Male
Income: Low
Experience With US: Never Visited the United States

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Sarmad from Iraq - Where is the New Iraq?

Dear America,

I really don'€™t know from were I should start. From my own problems to the Iraqi's, generally it's been nearly two years since I stopped writing and the main reason was the disappointing situation...yes the disappointing. Is this the new Iraq? This was what we wished to have? Is this the new style of life? At the beginning every thing was okay, and we were saying "no problem". The important thing was we got rid of the dictatorship there. We are after four and half years later and Iraq has gone from dictatorship to the old dark ages. Iraq the country of nations and foundation of humanity sinking in rivers of blood and killings and poorness and thieves and only the name stayed Iraq and every thing else is gone. Who is responsible? Is it us or the others?
All we wanted was simple things. Is it hard to have a these things without these losses? It was very expensive payment, my heart is breaking, and I see my country loses everything...even the simple things that we didn'€™t want anymore.


About the Author:

Name: Sarmad Zangna
Age: 31
Country: Iraq
City: Baghdad
Gender: Male
Income: Medium
Occupation: Engineer.
Experience With US: Never Visited the United States
Website: http://www.roadofanation.blogspot.com

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Lenin from United Kingdom - On Death Wishes

Dear America,

Try to contain your delight at hearing from an epigone of Lenin.

You may wish to know that your continent is surrounded by vast areas of the world that wish you no specific harm. I refer, of course, to the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Everywhere else has it in for you. I mean it. Even loyal serfs like South Korea are turning against you, despite the fact that they have clearly modeled their flag on your excellent PepsiCola product (mmm mmm). Poll after global poll finds that most people consider the United States the world's most greatest threat to peace. Like you, and dear President Bush, I have not the slightest understanding of how this state of affairs can have come about, but I am told that it may have something to do with the habit of American governments to initiate wars and, where they don't initiate them, to escalate them to insane peaks of global danger, from the threat to use atomic weapons against North Korea in 1950-1, to the refusal to reunify Germany as a neutral state and the subsequent threat of a hot war with Kruschev, to the Cuban missile crisis in which Kennedy contemplate global nuclear war.

I am further informed that opinion was soured by near-genocidal violence in Korea after the march past the 38th parallel, in Vietnam before and after the march across the 19th parallel, and in the remainder of Indochina in the same period. The use of right-wing dictatorships and death squads to avert outcomes unamenable to American elite interests has also invested an otherwise fine continental principality with a suspicious poo-taint. Lately, certain people (namely, the world) have taken exception to a global war for dominance counterintuitively dubbed the 'war on terror'. I respect and trust Americans too much to believe that they have ever been taken in by that appelation, but it is now beyond your province, and mine.

Amreekans will naturally understand that I personally would wish to enhance their global standing and protect them from global wrath. May I therefore recommend you take the earliest opportunity to overthrow your government, socialise the means of production, distribution and exchange under the control of democratic workers councils, reduce your massive 'defense' industry to what is necessary to defend your land mass and only your land mass, and convert the trillions spent on war-making into useful production and services. Not only would it benefit most Americans to so transform their conditions, but it would also invite countless billions to relax their batties and stop dragging the stars and stripes across the epicentre of their chutney pipes each morning.

Meanwhile, I and my Bolshevik armies will sneak up on America via the Panama Canal and - d'oh!


About the Author:

Name: Lenin
Age: 30
Country: United Kingdom
City: London
Gender: Male
Experience With US: Never Visited the United States
Website: http://leninology.blogspot.com

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Ottavio from Australia

Dear America,

A stated on my weblog, I believe America plays a critical role on the world stage. For all intensive purposes, current "World Order" is stable and predictable in-part due, to the economic, technological, military and diplomatic superpower we know as the The United States. Whether acknowledged or not it is in the world's interest that the U.S. continues to exact its present worldly economic, political, cultural and military influence. An influence that extends to leadership in scientific and technological research and the production of innovative technology based products and services. Our democratic way of life, our economies and our national security, are irrevocably tied to a secure world order - an order, to which the present day United States is at the heart, as the pre-eminent driver of internationalism. Compare this, to the global instability that existed in the first 20 years of the past century and its link to the two world wars that followed.

My blog, although new, shall hopefully serve as a platform of advocacy for the continuation of American dominance because as stated before me, America must remain strong.

Just briefly, I also wish to add that I am proud of my Federal Governments unwavering support for America's war on terrorism.


About the Author:

Name: Ottavio Marasco
Age: 45
Country: Australia
City: Melbourne
Gender: Male
Income: Medium
Experience With US: Never Visited the United States
Website: http://americasinterests.blogspot.com/

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Bman from Australia

Dear America,

It's always hard to make an unbiased opinion on something. Somewhat contradictory, but I'll give it a shot.

America is no doubt one of the most important countries in the world, and is currently the world's super power. Their export market is high and their military is strong. The country has made many alliances and friend countries, and on the other hand many enemies.

The thing I love about America is what most people would also agree to; the music, film industry, clothing, television shows. Much of this is part of my everyday life and I give thanks to that (considering I think Australian tv shows are just weak).

On the other hand some things about America will always make my blood boil. ..

Government, the bush administration and higher military levels and their poor judgment in the Iraq liberation campaign. I'm a strong believer in the concept that the Iraq war was a scapegoat for Bush. Saddam was a bad man, and his capture was a good day in Iraqi history, but it just torn the country apart. The US troops along with other in the coalition killed many innocent Iraqi civilians in the bombings, and to this day many are still dying from car bombs etc. Many soldiers families will be sad to hear that their son, father, or husband will never come back, all because of some top rank idiots. To me, the Iraq war is pointless, and has more bad points than benefits.

Apart from that, I think the American gun culture is disgraceful. America has has the most murders in any 1st world country, and will always be that way thanks to their stupid constitutional right to bear arms. How many more school massacres have to happen before something is done? Take a guess, its as good as mine.

Another small thing is just general racism. From my perspective America has just recently got over the black (African American) racism that plagued the land for the last 100 years. Blacks are okay to be called blacks, and are accepted as the norm in society along with whites. But now there is a new accepted hatred of the middle eastern orientations. I can't pick that out too much though, its exactly the same here in Australia. I just think our countries need to be a bit more open minded.

Don't get me wrong, no country is perfect. But these are just my thoughts. I wish a good day to everyone reading this.


About the Author:

Name: Bman
Age: 19
Country: Australia
City: Sydney
State: NSW
Gender: Male
Income: Medium
Occupation: Liquor Salesman
Experience With US: Never Visited the United States
Website: http://b-t-2-3.150m.com

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Lord Le Stat from India - America As Seen By An Indian

Dear America,

This is Lord Le Stat from India. A few days ago, I got an e-mail from your MySpace ID, stating that you would like to have my views about your country.

It is with this regard that I am writing to you.

First and foremost, I love America for it has given me the greatest love of my life, i.e. Rock music. Secondly, I admire the respect that your country shows to individuals and organizations with respect to privacy, intellectual property rights, human rights and how can I not state the "engine" which drives your nation, i.e. capitalism, though not perfect, its good for your country to a certain extent.

I also admire the multi-culturalism that is very much present in your country. If you'd asked me for an opinion about your country a few years back let's say 10 years back, maybe I would not have been bothered to say anything, because I believe that only a decade or so back did racial minorities in your country, primarily, African Americans/Blacks got the respect, which they very well deserved and started being treated as equals.

It is very good to see that your country takes great care of its citizens and also its minorities, i.e. religious, ethnic, linguistic and so on and so forth.

What is also amazing is that you country is the most powerful country in this world, as of now, and like my country, we showed the Brits, who the Boss was, when they colonized our respective nations.

Freedom of speech, highest regard for education and entrepreneurship are something which will help your nation in long term, as they are doing now.

But, like every other thing in life, your nation too isn't without flaws, when I say this, I am talking about your country's foreign policy, vis-a-vis, India & Pakistan.

The US Administration has and will continue to harbour hegemonically ambitions, which too a certain extent are megalomanical, which hasn't always worked out good for US, what with Osama Bin Laden proving to be a Frankenstein's Monster and Russia's recent rise is again not a cause for happiness.

Playing two nations against each other, point in case, rapproachment with India, with whom relations were nothing to speak about during the Cold War, against China, is going to do no good to the US, because if the US continues to do so, it will prove that the US is either ignorant of the term, Frankstein's Monster or is too blinded by its selfishness [selfishness to a certain extent is good, not 100% selfishness = path to self destruction]

If the US could show some sincerity and shed the baggage of hypocrisy, that it has shown while dealing with nations, I believe it would benefit US and other nations.

Last but not the least, I look forward to better and improved relations between India and the US and hope that our two great nations, who not only are the most tolerant, vibrant and greatest democracies and economies of the world, do something for the betterment of the world.


About the Author:

Name: Lord Le Stat
Age: 24
Country: India
Gender: Male
Income: Medium
Experience With US: Never Visited the United States
Website: www.myspace.com/abhimanyu

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Hamid from Iran

Dear America,

U.S.A is the country that I've never been there & I think I will never be there!
But this country is very important for me because my favourite singer & some other Iranian artists are living there (because our dictator regime has forbidden their art in Iran!!!).

In other hand, U.S government claims that they want freedom for Iranian people but they do nothing for it!

These days they are only disagreement with nuclear energy in Iran.

I don't know is Islamic Republic searching for atomic bomb or not, but I know abundant attention to this affair, cause to deviate world opinions about human rights in Iran.

Here we cannot express our opinions freely, women have to wear a large veil to cover her body and hair, in university we have to study religion & Islamic subjects and there are a lot of problems..

I just wanna say this:
Nuclear Energy in not most important problem in Iran, please open your eyes...

Sorry for my bad English!!!

Thanks for your attention to my letter your sincerely,

Hamid from Iran


About the Author:

Name: Hamid
Age: 19
Country: Iran
City: Tehran
Gender: Male
Experience With US: Never Visited the United States
Website: www.myspace.com/hamid_sandyfan

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Kiwi Girl from New Zealand - What the Media Has Shown Me

Dear America,

Hailing from a small country called New Zealand, I am a kiwi who doesn't really know that much about the USA. So when I was asked to write a letter to voice my opinion my first thought was what I hear most people around me saying - Terrorism, Bush, the most wealthy, powerful country in the world. All these opinions I have gained from the media.

The USA appears in our news just about every day here, whether it be to do with the war in Iraq, some scientific development, NASA or some other current event. It may be that I am just growing more aware of the world in my 20's but it seems the entire world is obsessed with what's going on in the US. Is it maybe, we admire you? I really don't know...

As someone who has only travelled as far as Australia I don't know what it is like to be/live in the US right now or any other country for that matter. I know only what I build up a picture of from the snapshots I see in the media. As I have grown older I have come to realise that the picture the media portrays is not always correct, so the picture us kiwi's have of the average "American" may not necessarily be true.

All my life I have heard the saying "Only in America". This lends itself to the fact that the US houses an extremely diverse range of people and almost anything can happen there; another opinion I have gained from statistics and the media.

When I was younger I wanted to either be or marry an American. Growing older has changed my mind. This was probably influenced by the fact that at this time well over half of our television programming was from the US. As I have grown older I realise that I am very fortunate to live in my little corner of the world where I am safe. I am proud to be who I am.

I think the biggest message I could give to America is - Be proud of who you are and try to ensure that the picture the media is painting of you is one you can be proud of.

Best wishes for the future America.


About the Author:

Name: Kiwi Girl
Age: 20
Country: New Zealand
Gender: Female
Occupation: University Student
Experience With US: Never Visited the United States

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Richard from Sudan - A Beam of Light!

Dear America,

Firstly I would like to thank the Blog to America site for inviting me!! I would equally admit that I've never been to America, and not even willing to (unlike me compatriots in Sudan)!!

I'm going to start from the issue of migration!!

I think that USA has become a super power not because God blessed America with talented people more than anywhere else, but because America had managed and still managing to seduce all the scientist of different specialties from all over the globe, mainly from Russia, German and other small countries including my "my underdeveloped" SUDAN!!
I'm not blaming America, of course, and no one should even think of that, but I'm rather blaming those Immigrants who betrayed their countries and went to sell their knowledge and experience in America for the sake of better life standards!!

My LATE MOTHER once told me that a "TOOCOOL" on your home land better than a castle on a foreign land, because there you'll never feel "HOME" and I think all the foreigners in America including my ELDER BROTHER must reconsider their residence in America, and answer these questions!! What have you done for your home land? Are you really feeling home in America? Do you feel/think that you have the same rights as the real Americans do? I understand that your reasons to migrate was political at most, but have you really solved the problem by immigration? I think escape is never a solution for any situation, but they are rather solved by facing and struggling to make a change!!

When it comes to politics, where I'm not having much interest, I can make a humble comments on the American foreign policy!!

I might agree with them upon the Moral issues like the fight for liberation of people from dictators like Saddam Hussein, but I completely disagree with the selectivity!! because there's no justice in that at all, it's fare to judge a criminal for a guilt, but injust to judge some and leave others!! So if America wanna be just, they should deal with the criminals on an equal base!!
Let's take the invasion of IRAQ as an example, the American government underestimated the Iraqi people right from the start!!

They thought that they will get the mission accomplished in three month and come home with what they could carry, but the reality that they found there was a way far from that!!
till now the Pentagon is not showing the real figures of the troops killed in Iraq!!
And everyday a new bomb attract and more Americans die!!

I'm sure they are thinking day and night about how to end this, but I think this's not gonna end soon!! They cannot move out, because Iraq will be a pore for terrorist, and they will after that come to get you!! And if you stay we'll never be able to stop their attacks!! I'm not supporting them, but I'm saying that you did a very big mistake by getting in there at the first place!!

And president Bush as long as his in charge will keep committing more and more American young men to Iraq, and more insurgencies but as a matter of fact he's just giving militants more targets to shoot!!!

I hope that America learns a lesson from Iraq and never repeats the same mistake in Iran!!
to be continued.......


About the Author:

Name: Richard L. Janda
Age: 20
Country: Sudan
City: Omdurman
State: Khartoum
Gender: Male
Income: Low
Occupation: Student
Experience With US: Never Visited the United States
Website: www.mysapce.com/lodoro

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Belinda from New Zealand

Dear America,

I've chatted to a lot of Americans in chat rooms etc and they all seem to thing the rest of the world hate America. I can see where they're coming from but I just want to say that I don't hate America or Americans, but like a lot of people. I just don't like George W Bush. Ever since I was little I have always dreamed about going to America, maybe even living there. I think America is a great country, unfortunately your president is not someone I like and agree with. I feel for all the soldiers that are in Iraq and all of their families. Hopefully sometime soon they can go home and be with their families where they belong. It always saddens me when I watch the news and its reported an American soldier or any soldier thats just trying to help or a soldier that doesn't wanna be there in the first place dies. I hope after bush ends his term as president that your troops can go home. I will never hate America or Americans I think its a great country full of great people. And I would still love to visit or move to your country someday.


About the Author:

Name: Belinda
Age: 20
Country: New Zealand
City: Napier
State: Hawkes Bay
Gender: Female
Income: Low
Occupation: Student
Experience With US: Never Visited the United States
Website: www.myspace.com/belinda_rose20

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Noelle from Philippines

Dear America,

This is my first time to "blog" I really don't know how this is done,I don't have a title just a topic because I don't know what to put on, anyway I choose education because it's were I can relate . By the way I'm from the Philippines, it's my DREAM that someday I can go To U.S. and teach there and experience how your education system really runs. I had a chance to do that when I was still teaching in the refugee camp in Morong, Bataan and we were ask to teach in one of the class there it is in the Subic Bay Camp, when the U.S. base was still there. But it's a very short experience, 14 years ago I can still remember that inside the classroom, it's carpeted, air-conditioned, each student has his own cabinet or box for his things with his name on it, the interaction between the students were short because they have this movie time, then they went to the canteen for their snacks after that we went back to the camp. I think our supervisor, Jamie Bidwell (I hope the spelling is correct) was exposing us to "American way of handling students in the classroom because we were teaching Vietnamese refugees then.

I really love that experience, where we Filipino teachers taught the refugees, with the help of our American supervisors and I know it is impossible that there will be another refugee camp here in the Phils. I was an ESL teacher in P.R.P.C. (World Relief Corporation) and I want to take this opportunity to thank the following Jaime Bidwell, Gordon Sphar, Debbie Gassaway, to those who I forgot the names, sorry, but Thanks anyway, I really treasured the times I was in the camp doing all the things you taught us. I know that it was supported by DND if I,m not mistaken so all the teaching materials are available, just plan your lesson well and do your best always. Lastly, I wish that someday there's another company or another WRC would plan to have a refugee camp or school for street children here in the Philippines, so that it can help our children giving them the best education just like the refugees before. Thank You and GODSPEED....

NOELLE HL


About the Author:

Name: Noelle
Age: 42
Country: Philippines
City: Muntiblupa
State: Bataan
Gender: Female
Income: Low
Occupation: Teacher
Experience With US: Never Visited the United States

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Incident from South America - Why?

Dear America,

Almost all the young kids in Africa want to come live in U.S.A. thinking that it's the best country on earth. Little do they know, how U.S.A. is so full of RACISM. Malcolm X, Martin Luther King posed as a threat to all the white Americans so what did you do? You killed them but we forgave you. Us blacks have never killed any of your leaders but there is still so much whites that hate Blacks, WHY?

Then you people go on and attack Iraq and enjoy it for what? weapons of mass destruction that were never found? Then Osama attacks and kills 2000 people and you start crying cause your family members died in the 2000 people that Osama killed forgetting that Bush Has killed more than 5000 people in Iraq. All that I'm saying is that you People shouldn't be so Ignorant and stop making an enemy out of the whole World.


About the Author

Name: Incident
Age: 20
Country: South Africa
City: Pretoria
State: Gauteng
Experience With US: Never Visited the United States
Website: www.myspace.com/mightyeye

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Rakun from Slovenia

Dear America,

Thanks to Blog To America for finding me on MySpace, so I can somehow send a letter. How to start? I understand what US is doing. Their government do not truly act against terrorism, unless it is within their own borders. They need oil and money from other countries. Their war industry is currently making loads of money, since they supply military of the US, Israel and some NATO forces. Why did they attack Iraq and why don't they attack Iran? Oil and war industry are the first. Iraq could not defend itself against the forces of US and Great Britain, while Iran can, and there is a possibility that Iran holds nuclear, chemical or other weapons, and has a far better organized and well equipped military that could defend itself properly against an invasion of the US.

I know how it looks when government takes hold of the national television, making news reporters be on the side of the government. I know some Americans, that would agree with me, and some, who are fanatical about how terrorism is threatening them and how Bush is great for the defense. I agree with those Americans, who do not support George Bush Jr., because they actually don't believe what their government wants them to believe. Pentagon was NOT damaged by a plane. If it WAS, then there would be a much bigger hole in Pentagon, and there would be pieces of that plane around. FBI confiscated most of cameras around the scene.

An American friend of mine was also sure that the "terrorist attack" on WTC in New York is a fraud. He said, that there were no signs of air companies on the airplanes that crashed into the WTC twins. I'll check that soon if it is true.

Excuse for the government of USA is terrorism, though in real it is economical. They need oil, because USA is running out of it at home. Now they are in need. Why don't they attack Saudi Arabia? Because they are close allies, even when Saudi Arabia does not have democracy. Iran? Because they are far too well organized than Iraq, and war with Iran would crush their economy. Even war in Iraq looks bad enough for the economy of US. North Korea? Government doesn't want World War 3 (Nuclear War).

If a powerful company wants money, they just go to president (and the rest of the government) and 55% of the senate, give them bribes, and US goes to war. Microsoft and arms manufacturing companies are able to do that. And many other companies. Even the companies with funeral activities will get profit from war.

Well, that's about it for now...

With regards,

Rakun

About the Author

Name: Rakun
Age: 19
Country: Slovenia
City: Ljubljana
State: Ljubljana
Gender: Male
Experience With US: Never Visited 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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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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Isabella from Italy

Dear America,


Hi, I’m Isabella and I write from Italy.

I don’t’ think to really have an opinion about American people, ‘cause I’ve never been to America.

I think you can really see how a person really is when he’s in his country, but after more than a month spent together with some of you, I’ll try to say something.

About American foreign politic and behaviour of your government I need only a word: horrible.

It’s horrible how many young people are dying in stupid wars they don’t even understand, and observing the situation in Italy I think that like here the poorest and most ignorant people do this work to earn money, a lot of money, risking their life, and the government need poor, scared and stupid people to go on like this and to be able to control the resources of the world.

It is really strange how many people really hate your country and I notice the different behaviour when someone thought I was American: after knowing I am Italian they get more kind and confident. But at the same time all the world want to live like you, to be rich and to be able to buy, buy, buy….

Personally the thing I like most is American music!! I think your richness is to have many people coming from different cultures and that’s a cultural richness.

I notice there are not many differences between American, Italian, French people, when they are all together, many of them pretend to be particular because of their provenience, but I think they try to be and they only seem stupid.

In a group of people, if you pretend to be something different from your own personality sooner or later you’ll be discovered, and seem fake. I noticed some American people want the other people think they are hard worker, more that the other, they are the best because American usually are, and so they are allowed to judge the others, especially if they are Italian, because usually people have the image of Italians that don’t like to work hard, and always play mandolin in the sun.

I was so surprise that such stupid stereotypes are still alive in the mind of young people, and that could bring someone to judge an other before knowing him… so I suppose there are young people that think that Americans all live like we see on MTV’s videos!!

But I think that after spending some times together it’s impossible to follow like this, you’ll find the more similar to you and dislike some others like in everyday life.

When you use to meet a lot of people, you’ll see every time someone between them who’s feeling better than you, maybe because he’s taller, or richer, or faster, …..even if he is not American, and wants to let you know you are worse than him.

And at the same time there are some special people, kind and intelligent, that you are always lucky to meet, who can make you forget the other ones and feel happy about meeting them, and have fun together. So my experience with American is not so different from the one with every other people, maybe sometimes the problems seems bigger, but everything is bigger in America, true?

I met some great American guys and girls, now they have a place in my heart and I’ll never forget them, and after that I’m really curious to visit your country and to meet many other nice people.

And to forget all the stupid things I saw on TV. To know a country is necessary to go there.

After my first trip to America I’ll send you my impressions again.

Isabella


About the author:

Name: Isabella
Country: Italy
Gender: Female
Occupation: Paleobotanist

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