Am 19.01.2009 um 09:17 schrieb David Boyd:

> Have to be very pleased and hopeful indeed for America [and  
> indirectly for my own and for all our futures  and for all of we  
> apparently despicable,.derisive 'Europeans' ] upon  noting  these  
> landmark events in your country's history, but think it's casting  
> the first stone most presumptously and potentially offensively  
> considering just where and when this great distance so bravely and  
> honourably  travelled started from. Judging people and events of  
> yesteryear with the hindsight of today's cultural norms and  
> morality is usually a very  pointless and ultimately hypocritical   
> pastime but nevertheless think it has to be noted that some events  
> concerning genocide, slavery and arpartheid are I think more than a  
> little too recent in your own  history books ever to justify this   
> rather crowing, 'holier than thou' stance you appear to be adopting  
> towards 'Europe', Kate.
> And  we're in Dickensian mode, perhaps a few doses of Uriah Heep  
> might help us all !
> Sorry to be so well OT, and can only plead extreme provocation.
> Regards
> David

Well roared, lion!

And thanks to Nancy for enlarging my vocabulary with "Podsnappery" --  
I admittedly had to look it up.