Avi, I hope you're not talking about me. I have made some pretty anti-American comments lately, but I hope the argument that "the USA is not a race, the USA is a nation" is sufficient for me to get away with it. When I talk about the USA I am not talking about any particular race or ethnicity. I'm actually talking more about nationality and politics. The difference between race and nationality is that race has to do with your ancestry while nationality has to do with your political affiliations and loyalties. The big question is, what do you do when you're the most powerful country in the world? Unfortunately, people don't seem to be interested in discussing the ethics of being a superpower nation and what to say and do to hold the USA accountable for being what it is. When I make disparaging comments about the USA I'm not trying to insult, to be offensive or to humiliate. It's just my way of introducing topics of discussion. The anti-Americanism I put on the table is something I present for discussion and debate. I'm talking about politics. There is a lot of anti-Americanism out there in the world. Don't people want to discuss it? Don't Americans want to express how they feel about it? Isn't it relevant? Aren't people interested? I criticise the USA as a social, political and economic system with faults. If I talk about other countries/nationalities I will also talk about what they are as a social, political and economic system. I have no interest in their bodily appearance, ancestry, manners or bodily hygiene. I'm not trying to be insulting, humiliating or offensive, I'm just pointing fingers, fault-finding and being judgmental. But anyway . . . if this was wrong, I don't want you all to think I'm trying to find excuses. It's just that nobody has said anything to me about my anti-American comments being overly hostile. I thought it was ok because I was talking politics and nobody said it was not ok. So what was I to think and do? I didn't get into an argument with anyone about it. Well, maybe a few people (and it was more like a discussion than a heated argument), but never for long. Most of the time it was over in one or two posts. I didn't run into any opposition over this. Nobody stopped me. There are quite a few members/users here who are American but they never seemed particularly disturbed or threatened by what I said. It was like anti-Americanism was accepted because it was already prominent elsewhere in the world . . . well, no, I mean, when you're a member of the most powerful country in the world, what can you expect? I was just preaching to the choirs.