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An American in Paris


Sam Roggeveen


7 May 2008 10:34

In reponse to our discussion about Americans, Judah Grundstein has some personal reflections:

To this American who has spent time both travelling and living abroad, both posts seem to hit close to the mark. I'm pretty critical of American foreign policy, but I tend to get a bit tight-lipped if I sense that I'm feeding someone's accumulated lifelong hostility towards the United States. That meant a few years here in France of agreeing with thoughtful criticism of American policy (often accompanied by an affectionate regard towards America itself), while rattling off the list of France's post-colonial record (torture in Algeria, the Rainbow Warrior, nuclear tests in the Pacific) in response to virulent anti-Americanism.

Agreed. In conversation, the more anti-American my interlocutor is, the more pro-American I become. And vice versa.