It's fitting that the internet makes the world seem so small. It's certainly filled with small people. The nature of mankind is such that no matter what the American people do the rest of the world is going to be angry at, and distrust, us. We have only one choice to make and that is how do we conduct our affairs, through weakness or strength? Enlightened, civilized people have historically overlooked the fact that ruthless, murderous dictators also lie and, as a result, gave us two world wars in the last century. The United States has made many mistakes but the mistakes pale in comparison to the good we have done. World commerce works effectively due to the combined efforts of free trade countries which, sadly, are a minority in the community of nations. Most nations have prospered through these efforts and those that haven't prospered failed through their own volition. These are the nations that hate us the most. These are nervous times and the fine folks that post to these threads may sometimes be at odds with each other. The enlightened and civilized Americans that are uneasy with our potential action in Iraq, blame and distrust the United States because they take the rest of the world at face value. Some of us see them as modern day Neville Chamberlain's. This isn't about hate. It's about fear. Fear of war. Fear of war at a later date. While most of us harmless souls search for the goodness in each other a handful of others work diligently to create chaos.