I agree! When traveling in foreign countries, we really need to remember not to be the 'ugly Americans'.
But one thing we've learned traveling around the world is that everyone everywhere is basically the same - we all recognize that it's politics and religion that causes the most problems - it's not the people themselves. Given the opportunity, everyone can get along with everyone else.
47 Cruises & Counting! Favorites: Paul Gauguin to Tahiti: Uniworld River Cruises in Europe; any of the Celebrity Solstice-class ships; Holland America for 12-nights in the Baltics & Russia; RCCL for 14-night Greek Isles, Turkey, & Croatia; Holland America for 14-day Alaska cruisetour; 10-night Canada/New England cruise; 21 days in Hawaii including a 7-night NCL cruise; Oceania for 25 days in Asia; & 3 months touring Europe by train. And many days spent in all-inclusive resorts!