patriotism, sorta, probably not what you think
June 03, 2009
So, I am not normally one that reads or forwards most of those emails that have the long sappy stories. I hardly ever get them anymore. I don’t fault those that send them, I just don’t usually participate. Not my thing.
I got this email today from my friend Rick. Not sure what prompted me to read it (maybe procrastinating the work I was supposed to be doing?), but since Rick had never sent anything like it before, I read it.
Before you read it, please know that I don’t see this as pushing any kind of agenda. I think it shows how some perceptions are formed and how we really are a global society.
There are 4 quick stories. Read them all.
When in England, at a fairly large conference, Condi Rice was asked by The Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of empire building by the Americans. She answered by saying, 'Over the years,the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.'
There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying 'Have you heard the latest dumb stunt of the Americans? They have sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What do they intend to do, bomb them?' A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: 'Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?'
A US. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included admirals from the US, Britain, Canada, Australia and French navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that,whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans, Aussies, and Brits learn only English.' He then asked, 'Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?' Without hesitating, the American admiral replied 'Maybe it's because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German.'
Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman, arrived in Paris by plane. At French customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carryon. 'You have been to France before, monsieur?' the customs officer asked sarcastically. Mr.. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously. ‘Then you should know enough to have your passport ready.' The American gentleman said, ''The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it. 'Impossible. Americans always have to show your passports on arrival in France!' The American senior gave the Frenchman along hard Look. Then he quietly explained, ''Well, When I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen to show a passport to.'