Argentina: The Choice Before Peron
When Argentinians return home from the United States, they usually carry with them the impression that the United States is not only a different country but a different world. One Argentinian, a professor of medicine, went as far as to say he had the feeling of having been on a different planet. I think that thoughtful Americans who visit Argentina receive a similar impression, though they might express it, perhaps, with more reticence.
American-Argentinian relations do not add up merely to differences of geographic location. We are faced with two different human and social types, with distinctly different psychologies and emotional attitudes. Perhaps this fact helps to explain why every internal disturbance of a political or social nature in either country is greeted in the other by an echoing vibration of curiosity and surprise. And those who try to observe these instances as objectively as possible are forced to the conclusion that the uncompromising psychological differences between Argentinians and Americans have created a sort of fog that prevents the men in the North from seeing what really happens in the distant South.
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