Do other countries say they are the greatest on Earth?

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    Sep 09, 2008 8:13 PM GMT
    One of the things I enjoy on RJ is the interaction with guys from all over the world. ..Gives me the opportunity to find out about the rest of the world directly from you guys.

    So my question on this thread is:

    Do other countries say they are the greatest on Earth? ...especially your politicians.

    Here in the United States, politicians repeated praise the US as the greatest country on Earth....and tell us what wonderful people we are...etc, etc.

    Now, this thread is not to discuss whether the US is the "greatest" country or not. It's not to bash the US or to praise it necessarily ...But just to hear if politicians in other countries say the same things about their countries and countrymen.
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    Sep 09, 2008 8:22 PM GMT
    When Tony Blair in his resignation speech suggested the UK is the best country on Earth, everyone laughed.

    That is not to say that the UK is a bad country, indeed it is a good country to live! We are comfortable with who we are. We see the flaws in our society as sufficiently manifest -- and comic! -- that we would not be so stupid as to make such an outrageous claim.
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    Sep 09, 2008 9:10 PM GMT
    Many countries think it but don't say it. I always thought the French never suffered from an inferiority complex about their culture and country!

    Canadians have had a tendency to not appreciate what they have and have looked south to the USA with envy. I think that has changed over the years though. The Bush years might have had something to do with that.

    Generally speaking though countries that are riding high economically or militarily (think Great Britain at the end of the 19th century, or Germany before World War I), believe they are the cat's meow.
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    Sep 09, 2008 9:20 PM GMT
    France does, but they are right.
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    Sep 09, 2008 9:36 PM GMT
    Me being very patriotic has to say it's tough saying your the best country in the world if your not an American

    America....The richest, most powerful, MOST GIVING country the world has ever seen where the best ideas are created (interenet being one of them)

    oh and thanks to the Brits who have stood with us shoulder to shoulder, brother to brother to fight against terrorism all over the world while other countries and the UN just sit back and watch.
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    Sep 09, 2008 9:43 PM GMT
    nycusa05 saidMe being very patriotic has to say it's tough saying your the best country in the world if your not an American

    America....The richest, most powerful, MOST GIVING country the world has ever seen where the best ideas are created (interenet being one of them)

    oh and thanks to the Brits who have stood with us shoulder to shoulder, brother to brother to fight against terrorism all over the world while other countries and the UN just sit back and watch.


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    Sep 09, 2008 9:45 PM GMT
    Nothing wrong with having pride in your country. Besides, the United States IS the greatest country in the world.
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    Sep 09, 2008 9:47 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZBesides, the United States IS the greatest country in the world.


    At what, exactly? Engineering? Health Care Management? Football? Gay rights? Tell me something good.

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    Sep 09, 2008 9:48 PM GMT
    I think it is all about national pride. Here in Singapore, the government keeps mentioning how far we have come, and what we have achieved in a short 43 years (since independence). The press (government controlled) also talks these things up. They refer to our two older universities are the Harvard of the East, and MIT of the East. While they are not bad universities in the themselves, they are nowhere near Harvard or MIT! It gets tiresome to hear or read it...
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    Sep 09, 2008 9:48 PM GMT
    A British politician would be laughed off the stage if he/she came out with this sort of triumphalist, subjective nonsense.
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    Sep 09, 2008 9:49 PM GMT
    ">Do other countries say they are the greatest on Earth? ...especially your politicians.

    Yes, they do.
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    Sep 09, 2008 9:49 PM GMT
    McGay saidat what, exactly?

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    Well, if you don't think so, move to the one you think is.icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 09, 2008 9:52 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    McGay saidat what, exactly?

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    Well, if you don't think so, move to the one you think is.icon_rolleyes.gif


    I've got an idea, Todd, why don't we stop making these stupid, invidious comparisons altogether and recognize that---you know, other places may have their merits too. It might just actually be that we don't have a monopoly on the world's brains, creativity, or virtues.
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    Sep 09, 2008 9:52 PM GMT
    Mexico: So far from God, so close to the United States.

    And no, we don't.
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    Sep 09, 2008 9:54 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ, do you ever tire of sidestepping difficult questions? Your legs must be enormous.
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    Sep 09, 2008 9:57 PM GMT
    ursamajor saidFrance does, but they are right.


    As Shakespeare once noted:

    Peking has rickshaws, New Orleans jazz,
    But ah, Paree!
    Beirut has sunshine, that's all it has,
    But ah, Paree!
    Constantinople has Turkish baths
    And Athens that lovely debris
    Carlsbad may have a spa
    But for oo-la-la
    You come with me....
    Carlsbad is where you're cured
    After you have toured
    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh, Paree!
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    Sep 09, 2008 10:01 PM GMT
    jprichva said
    ursamajor saidFrance does, but they are right.


    As Shakespeare once noted:

    Peking has rickshaws, New Orleans jazz,
    But ah, Paree!
    Beirut has sunshine, that's all it has,
    But ah, Paree!
    Constantinople has Turkish baths
    And Athens that lovely debris
    Carlsbad may have a spa
    But for oo-la-la
    You come with me....
    Carlsbad is where you're cured
    After you have toured
    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh, Paree!


    lol, i fail to see how shakespeare could have predicted new orleans: your quote fails.
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    Sep 09, 2008 10:05 PM GMT
    Fable said
    jprichva said
    ursamajor saidFrance does, but they are right.


    As Shakespeare once noted:

    Peking has rickshaws, New Orleans jazz,
    But ah, Paree!
    Beirut has sunshine, that's all it has,
    But ah, Paree!
    Constantinople has Turkish baths
    And Athens that lovely debris
    Carlsbad may have a spa
    But for oo-la-la
    You come with me....
    Carlsbad is where you're cured
    After you have toured
    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh, Paree!


    lol, i fail to see how shakespeare could have predicted new orleans: your quote fails.


    I think he meant Sondheim...
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    Sep 09, 2008 10:06 PM GMT
    Irony, it isn't what you do on Sunday night before your Monday morning Wal-Mart shift.
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    Sep 09, 2008 10:11 PM GMT

    lol, this is a fun thread. The Argentinians think more highly of themselves than anyone else I've met.

    and the US may have MAJOR flaws, but it's still THE greatest country on the planet.

    If you dont think so and you're American......where is it better? and why aren't you there?
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    Sep 09, 2008 10:17 PM GMT
    Isn't there something kind of sad about a guy constantly going on about how great he is? Like he's trying to convince himself of something that he secretly suspects might not be true? For instance if you're truly confident in your masculinity would you seriously consider bragging about what a man you are? If you're the greatest, shouldn't your actions speak for themselves?

    The more confident you are, the less you need to brag.

    Wouldn't the same thing go for nationalities?

    (Speaking as an American expat.)
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    Sep 09, 2008 10:20 PM GMT
    Well, it depends. For food, I'd say France. For gay rights, somewhere in Europe, probably Spain. For curry, India. For skiing, any of the Alpine countries. China has the greatest wall. Canada has the best attitude. Holland has the best pot. Moscow has the coolest architecture. Germany has the best beer. Of course, I haven't been all over the world, but, these are some of the places I've been and just off the top of my head, the U.S. isn't the best in these categories. Why don't I leave? I'm hopeful that those who currently are thinking "the U.S. is the greatest country in the world" will realize it can only be so if they leave.
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    Sep 09, 2008 10:21 PM GMT
    nycusa05 saidMe being very patriotic has to say it's tough saying your the best country in the world if your not an American

    America....The richest, most powerful, MOST GIVING country the world has ever seen where the best ideas are created (interenet being one of them)

    oh and thanks to the Brits who have stood with us shoulder to shoulder, brother to brother to fight against terrorism all over the world while other countries and the UN just sit back and watch.


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    Sep 09, 2008 10:26 PM GMT
    France is better, and here I am.


    collegeswimmr said
    lol, this is a fun thread. The Argentinians think more highly of themselves than anyone else I've met.

    and the US may have MAJOR flaws, but it's still THE greatest country on the planet.

    If you dont think so and you're American......where is it better? and why aren't you there?
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    Sep 09, 2008 10:28 PM GMT
    There are countries other than America?