Thanks for the reply. I certainly agree with you about the Charlie thing. I looked them up and saw the horrible things they did against my faith too. That's not freedom of speech - it is just immature hatespeech. Not constructive at all. Though I disagree with the killing of its staff, Charlie had it coming. You can only piss people off so far before they snap. It's really like bullying, isn't it?
By the way, nothing personal against citizens of the USA
But I have to give you this link! It cracks me up every time: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mWtWz…
As for the US, I disagree with them having to play a part in everything that goes on in the world. The US government is power-hungry and the UN, Unicef, and Planned Parenthood are all in cahoots with each other, especially in 3rd world countries where they sterilize women and make people infertile (the Red Cross is notorious for that). I have done a lot of research on that kind of thing. Planned Parenthood is racist in its roots (Margaret Sanger, the foundress, was openly racist and eugenics-minded). And they think they can go into other people's countries and tell them how to live???
After looking into it, I also do not like the US government for the terrorist acts they commit against their own people (eg. the Twin Towers, etc.). The media they use is constantly lying and producing mass hysteria in the US people. Perfect example: almost everybody one speaks with is against Putin - why? They can't come up with a thoughtful argument. All they do is parrot what the media has told them - and, so often, (as in the attack against the Malaysian Boeing) the media is feeding people absolute rubbish. As I always say, Hiroshima was the biggest terrorist act in the history of mankind, and that was the US government. I know it was during war-time, but that is no excuse for bombing a non-military target which had nothing but innocent civilians. There are conspiracy theories behind that too, but I try not to get into those too much.
Anyway, I guess this is more of a rant than anything. I just really hate the power that the media has over people. Hardly anybody thinks for themselves any more. (I live in New Zealand - things will be different in different countries, of course). I do believe the US presidents are puppets in the hands of a powerful "elect" few. There are good books mentioning this. Normally they're about the New Age, the One World Government, etc. I just think the US thinks far too highly of itself. They are just another country like any other. They are not a super-race destined to rule the world.
You obviously know more about the Putin situation than I do, so I'm happy to listen
No hard feelings and all that. I like that you don't judge Putin - you discuss the good and the bad. That's intelligent.