jrfranchi: Culturally, Linguistically & Militarily, the Citizens of the UK, Canada & Australia are our best friends.
I do get more upset at an attack on them then the constant mindless violence in the middle-east.
“The UK, Canada and Australia”? Not New Zealand? What’ve you got against the Kiwis?
“Constant mindless violence”? You sound as though you think that Middle Easterners just go around being violent without thinking about it, like somebody dropping a gum wrapper on the ground. Whatever your personal level of concern for British victims of violence as opposed to Middle Eastern ones, I don’t think you can make a plausible case that the Middle Eastern violence is less significant because it’s “mindless”. (In any case, the London bombings are evidently closely tied to issues involving the Middle East—in fact, they were apparently perpetrated by the same people responsible for some of the violence in the Middle East—so I don’t see how you could argue that they somehow represent “thoughtful” violence as opposed to the “mindless” kind that doesn’t bother you so much.)
jrf: I have always felt Americans = USA & Canada and Latin American covered everyone else in the hemisphere.
Well, just FYI, Canada, the USA, and Mexico are generally considered parts of North America, while the Latin American countries other than Mexico are considered to make up Central and South America. The term “Americans” is generally interpreted to mean specifically the people of the USA, or less commonly all residents of all the Americas.
If you personally like to attach a special ethnic/linguistic significance to the term “Americans” so that it means only Canadians and USans, fine by me, I guess. But you should be aware that it’s not the standard usage and other people may misunderstand it.
jrf: Bit of a rant, but is it really wrong to care for the British more than other non Americans?
Far as I’m concerned, you can maintain whatever personal hierarchy of affection you want when it comes to ranking your fellow human beings on your scale of caring. However, I think you’ll find that lots of other Americans (by which I mean USans) feel more personally attached to other foreign countries than to the UK, so don’t expect everybody to share your preferences.