Less than 10% of the US population have passports and 24 hr tv news and USA Today spend more time focusing on the school bus accident in Des Moines than the more substantial issues and events that occur internationally and affect world population. Most are not aware the US gives proportionately less intl aid than many other countries and that most other countries have their version of the US Peace Corp. etc. It takes alot of effort to ferret out news and facts while juggling a full time job, family, mow the lawn and putting in 30 minutes at Curves. Just look at how many Americans don't care enough to vote. Due to location and size, Americans don't move around from country to country as easily as people on the Continent do, so exposure to other cultures in some places is limited to immigrants. Anyway, Happy belated 4th of July.