Friday, May 27, 2005

Our Spoiled and Unhappy Global Elites

I do not know about you, but I for one am getting very sick and tired of these foreign elitists insulting the US. If it were not for this country, where would they be? I will let Victor Davis Hanson explain in his commentary, since he is far more eloquent than I will ever be.

"Not long ago Pepsi Cola’s chief operating officer, Indra Nooyi, gave an address to the graduating class at Columbia Business School. In it, she metaphorically likened America to the middle finger on the global hand.

Denunciations and anger arose from her use of the silly metaphor (e.g., “This analogy of the five fingers as the five major continents leaves the long, middle finger for North America, and, in particular, the United States.…However, if used inappropriately — just like the U.S. itself — the middle finger can convey a negative message and get us in trouble. You know what I'm talking about… So remember, when you extend your arm to colleagues and peoples from other countries, make sure that you're giving a hand, not the finger.”)

Then came her employer’s obligatory explication that she really did not mean what she said. And soon her defenders claimed hypersensitive Americans could not take well-meaning admonishment."

The temptation here, of course, is to extend the proverbial middle finger to all of Pepsico's businesses. A boycott may not hurt them all that much, but it would send a meggage about biting the hand that feeds them.
"Former cricket-star-turned-Pakistani-politician Imran Khan in some ways jumpstarted the Newsweek-induced frenzy when in a May 6 press conference he demanded an apology for the alleged slight to the Koran. “This is what the U.S. is doing,” Khan boomed, “desecrating the Koran.” His mischaracterization, based on a lie, was then beamed across the Middle East — and, presto, Mr. Khan got the anti-American outburst he apparently wanted.

Khan may have made his fortune and name in the British tabloids as a cricket star and international playboy of the London salons, a lifestyle that had strong affinities with the West rather than the madrassas. But now he is back in Pakistan crafting a political career and catering to the Islamists, even though religious extremism is antithetical to what allowed him to succeed and prosper abroad."
How is this for hypocrisy? Let's face itm Kahn was a major league playboy in the West and now all of a sudden he has found his religion? It never ceases to amaze me how low some will go in the pursuit of power.
"A final suggestion for these unhappy and privileged few: To end your obsessions with the pathologies of America and the West, find a way to create your own alternative sports, literature, corporations, soft drinks, and filmmaking in the non-West.

It is not that we Americans are mad at what you say. It is just that you have all become so hypocritical, then predictable, and now boring — you are all so boring."
If they all despise the West and America, I suggest that they at least be honest and cut off all business dealings with th the West and America. I suspect that they are far too greedy to do that. Boring , boorish and so very tiresome. - Sailor

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