First of all i do not want to turn this into an American bashing thread, that is not my intention at all.
I would like to hear Americans opinions as to what my thirteen year old son asked me tonight.
On the way back from swimming tonight my two sons (13 and 11) and myself started talking about wars. My 11 year old was the first to bring it up talking about WWI & WW2. We had an interesting conversation about it, then the subject got onto nuclear bombs. My 13 year old said there has never been a nuclear bomb dropped to which my 11 year old said that two had been dropped in WW2. My 13 year old was shocked saying how it would wipe out cities. So we all talked about Hiroshima and Nagasaki. My 13 year old then talked at length as to why, in his words, "America drops bombs everywhere". From my point of view i really couldn't answer him. The conversations ended with him saying, "why does America always bomb other countries?"
By asking this i really do not want to get into the rights and wrongs of American foreign policy, but i would like to know how Americans feel about the way people of other countries view the history of their government. I have heard how US citizens feel their country uses war to fight for democracy and freedom, but that is not how many in Europe see it.
I thought long and hard before posting this as i do not want to come across as America bashing, but these are the words and sentiments of a 13 year old English kid and wondered how those in the US really feel about this?