When I joined this forum it appeared that there was lively and sensible debate and discussion. Different opinions which is great as it is through debating different opinions that we can develop our own opinions.
However, recently there seems to have been some rather less constructive debate. People taking needless offence. When I receive comments like so go away with your opinions on how we do things…unless you want Britain want your a– kicked again I realise how many US people really are (plus other not dissimilar comments). (I do not take offence at this comment).
I’m afraid that this forum to a degree has re-enforced the US stereotype prevalent in Europe (certainly the UK). You want others to support what you do but then will quite happily tell them to keep their opinion to themselves. You require assistance from other countries (even get angry when they wont just do what you want without questioning things) but will then ignore them and tell them where to go and how irrelevant they are and how you really just don’t care.
Freedom also carries a burden of responsibility.
I feel somewhat disheartened as it is only through greater cooperation between countries that the world can really move forward. Many attitudes from US participants I have seen here indicate that the US is not ready for this – unfortunate and sad both for the US and the rest of the world.
I am departing not because I have been offended by anything – but rather because I seek sensible debate and cannot find it here.