Opinion: Caricature of the U.S.

Even in the best of times, nations tend to view one another in caricature and stereotype. Riots, assassinations and Viet Nam have all contributed, justly or unjustly, to an image of an increasingly violent U.S. in the eyes of much of the world. In the first few hours after the shooting of Robert Kennedy, the outpouring of shock and sorrow from the public figures and press of the world expressed considerably more than the simple hope for Kennedy's survival. Much of it consisted of messages addressed to the American people and American...