Thursday, 31 May 2007

I don't like them very much, but for historical reasons

What can that possibly mean? I’m not an apologist at for the US government and its foreign policies at all, but the phrasing of this particular response definitely threw me for a loop. And I really found this comment a rather humorous one. The first thing that came to my mind was the thought of the Boston tea party. Could he still be sore about that—I mean--can anyone really hold a grudge for that long?

Much is made about the “special relationship” between the US and the UK leaders since Churchill and Roosevelt, but we don’t often think about the post-colonial nature of this relationship. I wonder, how much has this informed the way we interact? How much of the past is still in our present?

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