I'm watching news or 60 Minutes the other night...I forget which...and they did a bit on the sectarian killing in Iraq. I was not aware that many times they post a 48 hour notice for you to pack up and leave or be killed. The Tigres river seems to be the dividing line. So, I'm thinking heck...I'd move but I would find a partner to trade. Sure enough, they show 2 men trading houses. Both say they hope someday to all be brothers again...but that's another subject for now. A good look at much of the Middle East shows outrageous racism. Like what I just mentioned, Arabs in Israel, the Palestinans, the Sunni in Iraq and so on...all live with racism everyday. Then you look at other countries in Europe and Zidane comes to mind...Algerians are like scum in France just to name one. I don't want to fill a page of it and I'm sure those here who have lived overseas will fill in some more. We have our share of racism here...but by and large people aren't killed for it, races are not forced to live in neighborhoods and so on. We do have unspoken racism but it's more of an individual thing beyond the general publics control. Actually, and I don't want to get in trouble here...there are more pockets of it in the south and midwest but that will change over time and already is. The day will come where red states and blue states will be so within several percentage points of each other which means greater diversity. Okay...so much for bloviating on this...But I'm wondering...when we the public...not Bush or other Presidents...but we the publicare thought of around the world...like say Iraq, Syria, Iran, Central Asia, China, Japan...blah blah blah... Are we frowned upon similar to what way lefties and way righties feel about moderates? Too homogenious to be passionate about the right things. Too much sinning as we mix bloods having children and we don't bash an eyelash about it. Too much of everything and not focused upon what they consider the right things. Not that I give a crap mind you...I'll take our mixture of people anyday as opposed to living with people who all worship the same, live the same and pretty much think the same...I would go nuts being a Shia or a Sunni for example...can't even conceive not having freedom of thought and actions. So all you PF people out there...especially the travelers...wht do you think about all of this thinking? Am I close? Am I off base? Am I being a racist by thinking our way is better (diversity)? Just wondering...seems like we get little respect...and our politicians are not helping that at all either.