In the Nealz Nuze (the link may be hosed) Neal plays psychologist: (reproduced here)
President Bush will be facing demonstrators in England today. No big news. American presidents face demonstrations everywhere they go .. .even in this country.
I think, though, I have a bit of a handle on why so many Europeans literally hate George Bush. I can explain it with this scenario:
You’re waking down the street when you notice a house on fire. The flames are just beginning to lick at some windows. From inside that house you hear screams. A mother is pleading for someone to come help her look for her babies.
You’re frozen with fear out there on that sidewalk. You know there are children in that house, and you know the mother is in there trying to save them. You know they may all die, but you can’t move out of your tracks on that sidewalk. You’re afraid. After all, what if you get burned trying to save those people? What if you die? Maybe the flames will die out on their own? You’re perfectly willing to stand in the yard with a garden hose trying to contain the flames .. but actually going in there? No way!
While you’re standing there doing nothing, here comes this swaggering American in a cowboy hat. A damned Texan. The Texan sees the fire, hears the screams for help, throws down his hat and runs into the house. Minutes later he emerges with the woman and her children. They’re safe.
What about you? You feel like a coward. That Texan has made you feel small .. he took your manhood. He showed you for the coward that you are in front of all of those people who were watching the spectacle. Those people know that they were more like you than like the Texan; after all, they stood by you in doing nothing. God, you hate him so. You hate him because he displayed the courage you only wish you had. Oh, you’re glad he rescued that woman and her children; but why couldn’t it have been you?
Suck it up, Europe. It’s not like this is the first time Americans have had to do the job you should have done in the first place, and it probably won’t be the last.