Here’s a quick breakdown:
The French can forgive the Germans because the Germans at least were honest about their country’s history and don’t try to hide the atrocities of their predecessors.
It’s more difficult for the Chinese and Koreans to forgive the Japanese because many in Japan as well as high ranking people in government still white-wash what happened, deny certain events, downplay death tolls and extent of atrocities etc.
People from other countries understandably have a right to despise Americans. Americans have open access to internet and various outlets of information, an extremely high standard of living resulting from various exploits, and most still sit around doing nothing to stop their government from continuing to destroy the Middle-East while another huge faction are employed to find support and justification for such things. (For the Americans reading this, place the blame on traditional capitalism; blaming yourself too much won’t help.)
I can’t say I know that much about Eastern Europe, but I know that unlike many Americans, the Russian people were also extensively victimized by the cruelty of the brutal regimes that did so much damage to Eastern Europe and surrounding areas. Obviously it’s difficult for other Eastern Europeans to be happy for Russia given the history, but the people and the government are two very different things in Eastern Europe (in my opinion) where as within other Western industrialized countries the people are made to become as delusional as the oligarchs themselves in order to maintain stability and to be able to continue with imperialistic exploits. Continue reading