Charlie, I had not misunderstood your post nor was my reply directed towards you. It is a delusionary arrogance about emerging Countries. It was only few years ago that there were similar negative remarks about China & India. Today everybody is circling around India knowing that by 2025 Indian economy will be bigger than the economy of the USA.
It was the same approach in the past with the Spanish. I recall Spaniards being called the greasy Spaniards, Donkey riding peasants, lazy Siestas taking Spaniards. Sadly it is the same Spaniards that had taken the English for a big ride, apart from bailing out the banks, running British airports, telecoms etc.