As per this blog's guidelines, personal attacks on another blogger are a no-no.
Therefore, your statement that I "lied" warrants a troll rating.
I could ask you to back it up, but I am not interested in your explanations.
I would like to remind you, Mr Adams, that you had voluntarily offered to stay away (I think the actual expression you had used was less polite) from me... and that by commenting here, you are violating that pledge that you had made of your own free will !
I should also remind you that sockpuppetry is generally frowned upon!!
Good day to you, Mr Adams... one of my pleasures, in bidding farewell, is that I will never hear from you again !
In 2002, I was in New Zealand... we were driving through an obscure little town close to Invercargill in the South Island, and we stopped at the only gas station...
And the owner there started shouting at us when he realized where we were from. I had to promise him that we were not Bush supporters before he would fill us up.
But then again, in 1998, I was visiting a friend in the Swiss Alps. We went to his village tavern, where some patrons politely asked me why Americans liked to kill babies (this was during the Balkan campaign). I nearly got into a fight when, in reply, I wondered why they were wasting their time with the French wine when they could be savoring the abricotine that the Swiss excel at.
I doubt if attitudes towards the US will change all that dramatically after Bush is gone....
And I wish I had chosen to move to Australia as a young man.. the country where they play the best cricket (if you enjoy cricket, that is) and where 3 minute showers are the norm, and where a lazy afternoon Sun can be enjoyed by all.
I like your answer "a heart big enough to embrace two peoples"... I think I will use it liberally; thanks for letting me use it.
And yes, indeed, sometimes I have argued with you over fine details even though we have agreed on the broader points. It was fun, from my viewpoint. Thank you for indulging me!
Right now, I am in a "no-citizenship" status. They took my papers away when I applied for a US passport. And my old Indian passport is no good.. I have to apply for a new set of papers once my US passport arrives !