Generally speaking, expressing a view that is contrary to the way America operates in the world is normally met with anything from shunning to open hostility. No one likes giving up cherished myths, or finding that the Great Wizard is just a man behind a curtain. Sadly, the view of history dominating in the average mindset seems to be entirely made in Hollywood. Even current events in the news, such as wars in which many civilians die at American hands, seem not to penetrate the psyche, as if non-Americans are less human. In short, because of all of this, the dissident feels as one might have during the early rise of Hitler: not just excluded, but threatened. These are dangerous and ignorant times.