Middle Easterners who don’t speak English are more likely to harbour bad feelings for the United States as they cannot see the America beyond the military invasions and political interference in the affairs of other states. America to them is just a big overbearing army enforcing the will of political bullies. It is really hard for non-speakers of English to internalise the Americans, or the British for that matter, as humans, therefore they cannot empathise with them. Likewise, the same could be said of non-speakers of Japanese, they cannot humanise the Japanese people either.
But it wasn’t Japanese tanks that rolled down Baghdad and Kabul streets, and it is also imperative to understand that the Americans who lost their lives on 9/11 were neither the invading force nor the politicians commanding them.
Unlike Rammstein’s Amerika, this is a love letter to America, American writers, artists, actors, musicians and American people. This is a love letter to American boss Michael Scott from The Office, the foolish manager with little to no people skills who does everything he could to make friends and find love. This is a love letter to Dave Mustaine’s anti-war thrash metal awesomeness.
This is a love letter to the Big Lebowski’s Dude who taught me to always take her, life, easy. To Fight Club's ”Jack?” and his satire of cult leaders and cult followers. To Britney Spears’ songs that made high school love escapades hot. To Joe Rogan and his amazing mind-expanding interviews. To Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto and Bethesda’s Fallout and Skyrim games. Thank you for the worlds you have created for me to explore. Thank you all for enriching my life.
The American conservative, yet truly tolerant, model of Christianity that upholds individuality and freedom of speech stands at a middle point between an obsolete conservative Muslim Middle East and a Europe ravaged by post-modernist ultra-liberalism. Indeed, men and women with global centrist views are the ones who tend to admire the American Way because the United States is still culturally poised to lead the world.
No ifs or buts, today we remember and mourn all the American people who lost their lives to the sick, twisted fantasies of madmen. May they rest in peace and may God bless America.