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Bubba 2 Guns wrote: Americans can't find anything on a map but could Europeans or Aussies find New Hampshire or North Dakota on a map?
GuyInTaiwan wrote:Hamlet: Hampshire is in England, not the U.S.
This is the point though. When someone like Sarah Palin exposes herself as a parochial idiot, everyone leaps all over it. Stupid, ignorant Americans and all of that. When someone from another country exposes themselves to be parochial, that's okay though.
Also, really, I don't think Europeans are anywhere near as worldy as they think they are. Maybe they're better than Americans, but if you asked them to label a map of Asia, or asked them to tell you the differences between the two main sects of Islam or Buddhism, they'd start to struggle.
GuyInTaiwan wrote:Belgian Pie: I'm not defending Palin. I've always said that she's an idiot, as are her supporters. The Republican line up in their primary season was a bit like the Addams Family also. However, are you telling me there aren't other idiots out there running for office in other countries?
As for knowing the differences between the two main sects of Islam or Buddhism, I think it is actually very important. A lot of the strife in Iraq over the past decade was sectarian in nature, for instance. The point is that Europeans get bent out of shape when Americans don't know anything about Belgium or Slovakia, or where they are, yet these places are pretty irrelevant in the scheme of things.
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