Post by The Horned Grandmother on May 12, 2011 13:52:16 GMT -5
I apologize for the crass generalization, but the fact is that people like this -- people who become violently angry when you... what is it that I did exactly that pissed dloc off so much? dunno -- are the people who give the whole world the impression that our military are a gang of marauding bandits.
i can't speak for the rest of the world, or even the entire united states military. so i'll speak for my own experience:
the many people i've met in the various countries i've traveled to all seem to actually have a very favorable impression on the United States military. i've never met a bad person or a person who seemed to harbor ill feelings toward me or any of my fellow shipmates. Not one time. Some of the places I've been to include: Italy, Greece, Dubai, Spain, Sicily, Malta and Croatia.
i think outsiders/foreigners may have a little more intelligence/patience than you might think. i'm sure those same nice people i've met have also met a few juggheads in their day. but just as we don't believe EVERY middle easterner is a terrorist, those same people don't think EVERY American service member is a jackass.
I'm not of the theory 'one bad apple spoils the bunch.' And I have a suspicion that most other people out there feel that very same way.