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Another country's editorial about the USA
We rarely get a chance to see another country's editorial about the USA.

Read this excerpt from a Romanian Newspaper. The article was written by Mr. Cornel Nistorescu and published under the title "C"ntarea Americii, meaning "Ode To America") in the Romanian newspaper Evenimentulzilei
"The Daily Event" or "News of the Day".

~An Ode to America~

Why are Americans so united? They would not resemble one another even if you painted them all one color! They speak all the languages of the world and form an astonishing mixture of civilizations and religious beliefs. Still, the American tragedy turned three hundred million people into a hand put on the heart. Nobody rushed to accuse the White House, the army, and the secret services that they are only a bunch of losers. Nobody rushed to empty their bank accounts. Nobody rushed out onto the streets nearby to gape about. The Americans volunteered to donate blood and to give a helping hand. After the first moments of panic, they raised their flag over the smoking ruins, putting on T-shirts, caps and ties in the colors of the national flag. They placed flags on buildings and cars as if in every place and on every car a government official or the president was passing. On every occasion, they started singing their traditional song: "God Bless America!" I watched the live broadcast and rerun after rerun for hours listening to the story of the guy who went down one hundred floors with a woman in a wheelchair without knowing who she was, or of the Californian hockey player, who gave his life fighting with the terrorists and prevented the plane from hitting a target that could have killed other hundreds or thousands of people. How on earth were they able to respond united as one human being? Imperceptibly, with every word and musical note, the memory of some turned into a modern myth of tragic heroes. And with every phone call, millions and millions of dollars were put in a collection aimed at rewarding not a man or a family, but a spirit, which no money can buy. What on earth can unite the Americans in such a way? Their land? Their galloping history? Their economic Power? Money? I tried for hours to find an answer, humming songs and murmuring phrases with the risk of sounding commonplace. I thought things over, but I reached only one conclusion...
Only freedom can work such miracles.

Cornel Nistorescu

You know, there is so much criticism toward the US and Americans in general that perhaps it's time for those who are the most vocal about the policies of the US and the lack of appreciation for the aid offered by all Americans to the peoples of the world to do without our help for a period of 6 months. Just see who will step up in our absence. That would be very interesting. When nations need help, they don't call on the UN, they call on the US. They know where real help come from.


This is a message from a Boeing test pilot in Europe, describing his reaction when a smug European mocked the United States for sending an aircraft carrier to the Indian Ocean to provide tsunami relief. Clearly a lot of Europeans have forgotten recent history (WWI, WWII and the Cold War). And clearly some of them are ungrateful people. Or are they simply envious?

Boeing Test Pilot Tells It Like It Is . January 4, 2005 Today, during an afternoon conference that wrapped up my project of the last 18 months, one of my Euro colleagues tossed this out to no one in particular: "See, this is why George Bush is so dumb. There's a disaster in the world, and he sends an Aircraft Carrier!" After which he and many of my Euro colleagues laughed out loud. Then they looked at me. I wasn't laughing, and neither was my Hindi friend sitting next to me, who had lost family members in the disaster. I'm afraid I was "unprofessional" ... I let it loose. "Hmmm, let's see, what would be the ideal ship to send to a disaster? Now what kind of ship would we want? Something with its own inexhaustible power supply? Something that can produce 900,000 gallons of fresh water a day from sea water? Something with its own airfield? So that after producing the fresh water, it could help distribute it? Something with 4 hospitals and lots of open space for emergency supplies? Something with a global communications facility to make the coordination of disaster relief in the region easier? Well, Franz, we peasants in America call that kind of ship an Aircraft Carrier! We have 12 of them. How many do you have? Oh that's right, NONE. Lucky for you and the rest of the world, we are the kind of people who share. Even with people we don't like. In fact, if memory serves, once upon a time we peasants spent a ton of money and lives rescuing people who we had once tried to kill and who tried to kill us. Do you know who those people were? That's right, Franz, Europeans. There is a French Aircraft carrier. Where is it? Right where it belongs! In France of course! Oh why should the French Navy dirty their uniforms helping people on the other side of the globe? How Simplesse... The day an American has to move a European out of the way to help in some part of the world it will be a great day in the world!" The room fell silent. My Hindi friend then said quietly to the Euros: "Can you let your hatred of George Bush end for just one minute? There are people dying! And what are your countries doing? has helped more than France has. You all have a role to play in the world, why can't you see that? Thank God for the US Navy, they don't have to come and help, but they are. They helped you once and you should all thank God they did. They didn't have to, and no one but them would have done so. I'm ashamed of you all." He left the room, shaking and in tears. The frustration of being on the other side of the globe, unable to do anything to assist and faced with people who could not set aside their asininity long enough to reach out and help was too much for him to bear. I just shook my head and left. The Euros stood speechless. Later in the break-room, one of the laughing Euros caught me and extended his hand in an apology. I asked him where he was from, he said "a town outside of Berlin." He was a young man, in his early 20's. I asked him if he knew of a man named Gail Halvorsen. He said no. I said "that's a shame" and walked away to find my Hindi friend. For those of you who may not remember, Gail Halvorsen was the transport pilot responsible for the "candy drop" during the Berlin Air Lift. They called him the "Candy Bomber" as he dropped goodies for all the Berlin children from his C-54.

Boeing Flight Operations Transport Test Pilot