We are a group of young Italians born and raised in the greatest recognition and appreciation of the United States for what they did for Italy, Europe and the World.
To that appreciation and recognition many of us added a personal knowledge of the country we visited for many different reasons. Some of us went there for education, some for visiting friends or relatives, some of us just for vacation. Its music, sports, and way of life were in many instances the main reason for going there, and our expectations were seldom betrayed, if not usually enhanced.
Most of us, therefore, met American visitors to our country with genuine pleasure, as we desired only to reciprocate and strengthen our relationship.
However, following the great tragedy of Sept.11th everything seems to have changed.
Our impression is that instead of cultivating togetherness with other people, the United States has isolated itself in a fortress.
Instead of sharing its sorrow, intelligence and energies, it seems this great country has decided to live alone, to take all decisions alone, and to work in total isolation and vengeance.
This is tremendously damaging USA. We see day after day anti-Americanism grow almost everywhere: in the universities and schools, in the work place, as well as in the bars, clubs and social settings. Once we were accustomed to cheers for American friends, now more and more often we witness silence and sense of coldness, if not clear, out and out hostility.
We would like to express to America the hope that your vote will create change for a new Administration, because this one, unfortunately, is increasing only isolation; regrettably, with this administration the distance between the USA and other countries will continue to grow, and its resulting isolation from the rest of the world will create a barrier much worse than the Berlin Wall.
If you agree with our ideas you could help us sending this letter message to friends and relatives; in any case (if you have time) we would love to know your opinion about this.