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Football becomes a metaphor – I July 16, 2006

Posted by Sharath Rao in America, geo-politics, sport.

We, from the east and the middle east, see Europe and America as one and the same thing – and use a single word for both – “The West’. We couldnt be more wrong. ( I wrote a post about this before. )

This article without much intention ( and seemingly using Football as a metaphor ) brings out the differences that exist.

…In Europe, of course, the vernacular is a very different one. It is, in general, that of a Continent that saw too many of its own cut down on the battlefield in the 20th century to see in military heroism anything but a destructive illusion. For Europe, peace is a core value; Americans see the world another way.


The United States is a young country still hungry for grand undertakings, whether military or not. Europe is an old Continent wary of where such undertakings lead; witness Iraq. Absent the Cold War, which bound them through a shared threat, it is natural enough that these two sensibilities should diverge.


Read more here.



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