It's an age of instantaneous communication. People the world over can watch American astronauts on their TV screens walking on the moon or circling the earth. The United States finds its every move scrutinized by nations around the world. Whether the United States likes it or not, it is still the leading power in the Western world. Its natural resources, large population, economic capacity and military might all work together to force upon it a position of leadership. This is a position which increasing numbers of Americans neither desire to have nor wish to maintain. Few Europeans are indifferent to the United States. Huge numbers have relatives in "America" - as the United States and Canada are popularly referred to. For a large number of Europeans, Americans are people "just like us." Today, the Atlantic Ocean is hardly a barrier so much as it is a bridge between the two continents. Americans by the hundreds of thousands are constantly seen in Europe.
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