George Will's column (Editorial Pages, May 22), "Panicky American Tourists Signal Success of Terrorists," upset me. He fails to appreciate the true value of the American tourist's decision to stop overseas travel. He appears to be basking in some ill-conceived idea we Americans have some kind of bravado image to live up to if we are to maintain our self-respect.
That's nonsense. Foreigners have never envisioned us as a land of Sylvester Stallones or Rambos. The American celluloid hero is not our overseas image.
Respect! More nonsense. We are suckers, patsies, not heroes or supermen. They're laughing up their sleeves in the United Nations. Don't overlook the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. We foot the bills, are ridiculed, damned, and still keep paying. And then France turns us down on our overflight to get at Moammar Kadafi's nest of terrorists!
Will would have us believe the tourists are damaging the American image. It was shot down years ago! The heroics of World War I, World War II were long since washed away in the waves of younger generations. Fortunately, the American buck still gets its just due.