"does not represent the America that I know" There has been much discussion over here about those words of Bush. The obvious comments came first that of cause he wouldn’t ‘know’ that side of America he was born to a rich well connected family and went to Yale. Also Bush like many others in his admin were able to get out of going to war (even into getting of the military altogether). Then people began to examine this viewpoint and found that many Americans shared it, as far as they were concerned the things that happened in Iraq did not represent how they saw themselves or America. The thing is as many over here have pointed out to for many people in the world the offhand brutality shown was exactly how America is seen. It is in US history. The massacre of the native population, the particularly brutal form of slavery, the casual violence shown to black people in an apartheid system that only came to an end some 40 years ago. A brutal prison system (mainly inhabited by blacks) that practices the same treatment meted out to the unfortunate Iraqis. The execution of the mentally ill and retarded. The widespread belief in social Darwinism with it’s belief in survival or death. Its peoples indifference to the many brutal regimes its governments have supported. And the treatment handed out to ordinary Iraqi people. A country where such high levels of gun deaths is accepted as normal. There seem to be many theories being put forward for this state of affairs, ignorance, delusion, hypocrisy, a mixture of all three. What do you think?