It is religion which divides and destroys the world
Firstly: If you haven't noticed already I'm from New Zealand and consider myself neutral to overseas affairs. I'm agnostic (to play to a label)
Hopefully the sentiment aroused by the attack on England will alleviate some of the whipping-boy status which the USA current has. Illegal wars - hahaha what a joke. Since when is any war legal. On Americas part Bush simply decided to be proactive. For decades the US has been attacked from religous elements rooted in the east.
I find it ernormously ironic that Africa is supposed (with good evidence) to be somewhat the cradle of modern humans. Yet the only nations to be advance (non-3rd world as it is coined) are the ones which escaped/left Africa. Englands colonies where very sucessful. Even the African ones where doing fine until they were handed back.
If America is hated so much, why are so many people from all over the globe busting-gut to get in (legally or otherwise).
The seperation of religion and state are very important. The middle doens't have this and hence is doomed to failure in the modern world. You can never please everybody. This is bit of democracy that fails to come across to those who oppose it. When you sign up for democracy (well most of us are born into it), you must agree to disagree from time-to-time. You must not use guns and bombs when the 'others' don't agree.
The poor Americans who didn't agree with the war are not afforded this sentiment. They are lumped into the general and hated indescriminatly - because this is what reglious states do. You are either for us or against us - no neutrality.
Now there will be people from religious led states that think I'm talking utter crap and they don't hate Americans or otherwise. Unfortunately you are also the people that help spur the fundamentalists. Not through any fault of your own. The fundamentalists are true to state. Keep it insular. It worked for as long anyone can remember. Don't rock the boat. Don't weaken the state. Long live nepatism. I'm saying they are protecting there own interests. Much like everybody else. Perhaps it's a matter of limits - cutting off peoples heads is too much for most. America or Britian could easily have flatten vast swags of the middle east with nukes. But they won't because they respect that not all follow the fundamentalist path.
Democracy is the way forwards. The prosperity of the nations that truely adhere to it is proof. The world is just a large business and agreeing to disagree without killing others is essential.
Re-reading my post I can see a mild hipocracy that force (war) is used to impose democracy. This is true. Fighting is necessary at times.
There is so much to talk about...I'll stop there for now