1. What do I know, since I wasn’t there?
2. What right do I have to an opinion since I don’t live in America?
3. Who the hell gives a toss for my opinion anyway?
Then again, as a citizen of the free world which America claims to lead, I suppose I do have the right to offer an outsider’s perception as long as I keep it short.
I think my reaction to these events is typical of any thinking European; we are simply agog with astonishment that this kind of thing can happen in a so-called civilised western democracy. It seems, and has done for some time now, that the American psyche is on a knife edge and America needs to reinvent itself. I know there are plenty of Americans who are trying to do just that and I wish them well. And I hope I haven’t offended any of them with a very brief view from an outsider.