I too was born and raised in the UK but I have lived & worked in Australia, USA and a number of European countries, I have a Ukrainian wife, and I have never regretted these and one thing I do not do, on this site or in my life in general, is sing the paises of my home country. Every country has it faults!
References have been made, going back in history, to ill treatment of Indians, British convicts exiled to an island far away from home etc. etc. etc. One thing that cannot be changed is history so let's bring things up to the modern day, the 21st century.
Those convicts exiled to Australia were, to the best of my knowledge, given a fair trial, convited as being guilty and subsequently deported. Would you care to offer an opinion of what the fock is going on at the American base in Cuba at the moment, in the 21st century?
Correct me if I am wrong but are these people not being kept in cages for up to 23 hours per day, they have been held since 2002 (ish) on an island, far away from their homeland, illegally detained and without trial. If these people are so obviously guilty then why are they not tried, convicted and have sentences imposed upon them or do the USA have a similiar amount of evidence of guilt on these people as much as they had evidence of the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?
The point here is what image is the USA portraying to the rest of the world and is it the sort of country where a young person, an FSU lady, would like to relocate to, to live and raise her children in? The USA, for a number of years, and in particular since the Soviet Union dissolved whom the USA had been shit-scared of, has been making up the rules as they go along, ignoring international laws and basically throwing their weight around. This is the image being portrayed around the world, like it or not.
Yes, a high proportion of FSU ladies will think of all the good things regarding a move to the USA, perhaps like a kid in a candy store, but please do not think for one minute that all FSU ladies are so hungry to move to USA that they will fall at an American's feet and that is the truth.
Guantanamo would look a monastery comparing to the butcher shops CIA has set up in Eastern European countries and in many other places to "interrogate" (that means medieval torture) terror suspects ... Unfortunately, the United States, by all means a great country, even without the rich history of other countries, has sunk into the dark ages under this republican administration. I am not against all republicans. Simply, Bush and company is the most unpatriotic, unamerican, and harmless to the nation administration ever. On top of this, they wear their self made patriotic veil to cover their sins and the harm that they're doing to this country by uniting most of the world against us.
if a woman loves the man and she is ready to follow him to his native country, she will do it, doesn´t matter if it is the usa or australia, new zealand or any european country.
once i knew a girl in moldova. her sister is happily married and lives with her native sudanese husband in the sudan!
every country has and had its light and dark moments in history. no reason to make calculations which one made the most mistakes. and nobody knows actually what his own country will do in future, good things and bad things.
the arrogance to believe, that one country is better than the other one, this is what i dislike.
But there are very many ladies and very many men, a man may decide to source a lady from a particular country, indeed boycott ladies from one or more particular countries, and likewise a lady may, or will do the same.
I mentioned recently that ladies on a particular site will receive perhaps 150 emails per day, that is fact. Let us say that 50 are from USA, 50 from Europe and 50 from the rest of the world. The lady then has a varied choice to choose from, there is no love involved at this selection stage, she can opt for a man from a particular part of the world and only thereafter love may become a pertinent factor.
Israel happens to be very popular for FSU ladies, they get good benefits and are treated very well.
In regards to the alleged torture interrogation centers set up by CIA, I have it from reliable european sources that several German government agencies plan a massive lawsuit of biblical proportions against the US government for Patent Rights Infringements.
It is my not so humble opinion that every single one of those detainees found somewhat associated with the terrorist groups actively operating in the middle east and other parts of the world (UK, Indonesia, Thailand, Spain, Russia, etc etc etc.) should be sent home once and for all...That is, carrying their own heads on a platter after being given the same decapitation treatment their colleagues dished out to the various civilian hostages in the last 24 months.
So why don't the US try them, in a recognised court of law, and, if applicable, find them guilty and then imprison them?
To hold, indefinitely, year after year after year, is illegal under any reasonable law. I would like to bet that a proportion of those guys in Cuba are innocent, I would like to bet that the US government knows this also, are they afraid to give them a fair trial for fear of yet another major embarrassment in the eyes of the rest of the world!
At no time in history has any country tried combatants during a conflict. You are confusing criminals with combatants. These folks are basically POW's but are not referred to as that because under international law POW has a certain definition one being the are a member of an organized military under the umbrella of a nation state. Look into your own history and try and find how many German prisoners held by the Brits were ever tried, other than specific war criminals. You will find none. They were just released at the end of hostilities.
POW is a very convenient excuse that suits the US at the moment, these are not military personnel that we are talking about, they are civilians, some of whom are sure to be innocent.
They were not captured during thae attacks of 9/11, they were 'rounded up' during an invasion of Afganistan and there is a high probability that they had fock all to do with 9/11.
I have already said, stated, that history cannot be changed so let the world learn from past mistakes and adhere to the international laws brought about to prevent such historic wrong doings!
It's not all of America that is as bad as the world believes. It's the current administration that is so evil. Bush latched his "leadership" on the 9-11 windfall (to him), and used to behave like an emperor. His arrogant attitude toward the world is not different from his attitude toward his political opponents in his own country. His popularity is now less than 34% and he is having a hard time adjusting to it. There is a good chance he may end up like Nixon not finishing his second term.
History repeats itself. Compare the atrocities in Vietnam and the ones in Iraq and the CIA service centers. That is why the rest of the world hates us.
The plan of the Bush camp to sweep the middle east was simply facilitated and expedited by 9-11. They would invade Iraq, which they thought they would go through like a train and move next to Syria and Iran. They miscalculated and now they're f***** up and don't know how to get out. Most of Americans my an overwhelming majority want the troops out now. Bush camp is so desparate, they'll do anything to turn things around, they'll torture innocent, they'll kill innocent, they'll gas innocent. History will speak for all of these. Some of our admisnistration should be tried as war criminals.
I don't like muslims, arabs or turks either. I never did since I was a kid and always had a bias, even apprehension at times against them, I won't deny it. But, I won't say they're animals, I won't treat them like animals, and I don't want them decapitated.
I could have had a different background and maybe I would have gorwn up not liking Latinos from South America. Then perhaps would make sense to wish they were decapitated ...
"..German government agencies plan a massive lawsuit of biblical proportions against the US government for Patent Rights Infringements"
They'll be in vain because of the 'Inglish' claiming same for what they did to the Boers, this prior to WWII hence obliviating any German patent claims. Don't underestimate the scale of these camps Toad, they were massive and gruesome, some for women and children exclusively.
I don't like to see alleged innocent people being victimized, imprissioned or otherwise taken advantage of, whether it be by government authorities or by anarchist/terrorist groups a la Al Queda or most often as I see in my daily dealing by unscrupulous financial advisors who fleece retirees.
Your guess is as good as mine as to the alleged innocence or guilt of any of these detainees in Gtmo or any other places they are being held, interrogated, tortured, gassed or decapitated.
But when I see any group of people kidnapping innocent civilians, executing them in barbaric fashion, tape and advertise their undeserved deaths and watch how muslim paper and communities the world over celebrate this acts kinda sorta makes me wanna puke, makes my blood boil a little, you know?
Makes me want my government to dish out a little eye for an eye justice not only to the perpetrators but also to anyone supporting them, aiding and abaiting them. Or even cheering the fucking bastards.
We can debate it till the 'cows come home' without an agreeable solution.
But I am presently grateful to the Bush administration for taking the war against terrorists to the land of the terrorists..(can anyone here or anyone else refute or argue that islamic culture countries breed the very same terrorists that we are fighting against?)
It seems perfectly reasonable to me to take the fight to them instead of waiting for them to bring it to us, near my home or children's schools even though their attacks cannot be avoided altogether as London , Madrid and other world cities have been witnesses.
Most of us are not directly affected by any of this, are we?
Does it make sense to get all riled up about it?
I hope not...I know I'm not. I also know that there more than just two sides (Bushite or anti-Bushite)
Bravo Worldtraveller. Everyone has gotten off track and lost site in the whole point. Finding someone to be happy with.
I couldnt careless about all of this Political BS. Thats because I believe I have things to offer a woman. And if a woman didnt want to relocate to the US for me simply because of some dumb a*s president incharge or whatever, then she simply isnt my type. And i most certainly would consider relocating my self in every case. Anything for love. I have been inlove before and its the greatest feeling in the world.
I can definately say, America is not a direct reflection of the American government. And Thank God for that.
Adam, I think you have missed the point a little. It's not really a political issue, it is a few with some radical views of what the US is like. And their expertise on certain laws of this country, which neither reside in for one reason or another. I had to deal with this issue with Larissa. A few extremists here like to broadbrush the US as nothing but lawless gun toting criminals, with shoot outs on every corner of the street in the US. Which is so far from the truth. I think Bill hit it on the head, those of us that have conceal and carry permits are far from criminals or even extremists. Larissa had a small fear of being shot when coming to the US, because of what she has heard from so called experts on gun laws and criminal activity in the United States. When Larissa asked me why I had guns and had a permit to carry, I took the time to explain why, and how it was my constitutional right to carry one. It was a rather long discussion because it was based on our founders idea that armed citizens had the ability to repel a totalitarian government. Also the right to defend one's life and property from criminals and despots.
As for international courts of law, a sovereign nation does not nor should not endorse such a body. Each country has it's sovereign right to help, declare war etc, without the approval of an international body. I do have a fundamental disagreement with my government on police powers, especially what is going on in Iraq. I do not believe, a sitting president should have the right to use troops to invade a country without a formal declaration of war. With that being said, do I support the invasion of Iraq, yes but with certain reservations. One being no formal declaration of war from Congress, we could have Declared war on Hussien and his regime and the outcome would be the same as it is now. Bin Laden and his loonies would still be insurgents in Iraq with the formal declaration. Also anyone who does not think Hussien had weapons of mass destruction has forgotten the scud missile attacks on Isreal during the first Gulf war. The missile is the messenger, the warhead is capable of delivering many different types of mass destruction. Ask the Kurds if Hussien had weapons of mass destruction. The big problem is most of our elected officials are cowards and do not want to put their vote on record about declaring war. While talking like hawks on the news, they act like cowards. If there was so much regret with the American people how come last week only three congressmen voted for immediate withdrawing of troops from Iraq. The liberals had there forum, but chose the chicken switch. They know more than two thirds of the population support this endeavor and we have young men and women in harms way and it is no time to play politics with young lives.
Also to some of my political experts here, most lame duck presidents rate in the low 30 percentile in their second administration because they are polictically impotent in the next election.
If nations declared war at will to other nations, then the world would turn back to the middle ages. There is currently minimal support for the war in the country, polls prove it, Bush's everyday struggle to prove the war is worthwhile proves it, facts from the battlefield prove it. Politicians in Washington are simply dead scared of another Kerry-like flip-flop and the ones with the guts to come out and tell the truth are only a handful. Bush is taking this baby to his grave. According to the logic of the coservatives, we should have invaded every nation, which owns wmd's, i.e. China, Russia, India. Why did we specifically choose the one, which in hindsight turned out it didn't have any?
If Bush is using his second term as a retirement party for himself, hence his low ratings, why has he implemented nothing so far from his ambitious, highly advertised pre-election agenda? hint: because his image has eroded, because he lacks support from the people, because he knows and others know in his party that the republicans are currently a powerless part in power.
You think a scud missile is a weapon of mass destruction, yes, but only with a nuclear warhead which has been proven, beyond reasonable doubt, Iraq does not have! The scuds, even the long range ones, only had the ability to reach as far as Israel so what the fock has that to do with the USA? They're hardly likely to launch a short range scud and expect it to reach halfway around the world!
You talk of war this, war that, that just about sums up the mentality of SOME Americans and their government, no wonder you're such a target wherever you may go! And you tell me who said, and where, 'broadbrush the US as nothing but lawless gun toting criminals' and I'll go and have a word with them for you.
Now get back to school and read up on what a weapon of mass destruction is. Almost every navy ship sailing aound the world has such missiles on board, is the USA going to sink every naval vessel worldwide, including their own, yeah probably!