I’ve been accused of acting superior to Americans for posting about my pride in Britain’s handling of the recent bombings in London. My post had nothing to do with my thoughts about America, but apparently I’m not the only one who is annoyed that some Americans have been acting like this was ‘the British September 11th’. It wasn’t. The deaths are tragic, but there is no paradigm shift here, we’re not surprised, we’re not changing, and we’re not even really scared. I was on the phone last night arranging to visit a friend in a couple of weeks, travelling through central London, and the ‘danger’ didn’t even cross my mind.
Gia’s two posts sum up the British feelings to all this nicely:
… and her second post in response to the way some Americans have been acting. It’s entitled ‘Terror Alert Level: More Beer!’ and the title alone speaks volumes about our feelings: it was a waste of life, but we are not going to change because of it. Our strength is in being British. Ask us for help and we’ll give it. Kill us and we’ll tell you to piss off.
Before I get more complaints: I am fortunate enough to know many lovely Americans and to know that the occasional weird response to these events isn’t happening to everyone over there.
Thanks to Sean from http://corfield.org for passing these links on to me.