Posted by: Tony Carson | 11 September, 2007

Why do they hates us? No one likes a bully.

That’s the oft-cited question: why do they hate us?

There has been a pretense that Americans have been wrestling with this overwhelming question since 9/11; why do those who wish us ‘evil’ hate us so much? The ‘they,’ of course, are usually the Arabs, all of them.

President Bush has, of course, supplied the answer: ‘They hate us for out freedoms,” he famously announced … and for our culture and lifestyle and stuff. In other words, they hates us because we have so much more than they do. Their hatred is jealousy, pure and simple.

That convenient truth is easily understood by the greater US population, 90% of which in one way or other envies the 10% who are actually living the heavily promoted American dream that is the aspiration and objective of all — unbridled wealth that allows access to everything.

It’s a crock, of course, those Arab who hate America loath the US foreign policy in about the same numbers as the rest of the non-US world does. And why not? The US foreign policy proudly has as its central tenet that all its actions around the world are designed specifically to advance US interests, whatever they may be, even though those interest will, by definition, diminish the interests of others.

That has been true for decades. What Bush has done is to make this maniacal hubris so obvious to the world community . He has done this in two ways:

• by announcing his policy of ‘unilateralism’ — that the US would take action in its interest even though the rest of the world disapproved,

• then he proved it by attacking Iraq when most of the rest of the world, including the UN, vociferously disapproved.

People the world over understand the unique particularism of the ‘superpower.’ All of us, after all, understand authority. But we only respect that authority when we see that it is in our interest to do so, when it isn’t, that authority become tyrannical.

It is the tyranny of the US foreign policy that has caused such an aggressive reaction around the world. Some of that reaction, inevitably, is expressed in violence which the US, with its convenient sloganeering short-hand, has classified as terrorism.

So to rid itself of the threat of terrorism, the US has two choices:

• it can use its military to root out these ‘terrorist’ wherever they may be in whatever numbers,

• or it can change its foreign policy to become more world-friendly.

Regrettable, and in great cost in lives and treasure, the US has chosen the former when it could more effectively have chosen the latter.

The trouble is that the US foreign policy sees the world as a zero sum game: other countries must lose for the US to win — that is why the US foreign policy is despised around the world. The evidence is everywhere but, conveniently, oil has become the great metaphor. Because it is finite, when the US dominates an oil patch, as it seeks to do throughout the world, it is lost to others.

The sense of world community has been sacrificed to American patriotic jingoism at home and this loss isn’t lost on the world at large. Call it what you will but no one is fooled:

• globalization is a deliberate plan to enrich the few at the expense of the many

• corporatism is a unique US persona

• oil domination is a US foreign policy mania

• the concocted domestic mythologies of US particularism ensures a debilitating ignorance for the greater American population to see a world beyond its borders

Why do they hate us?

Jay Garner, the retired general who was in charge of the American occupation of Iraq said it best: “We ought to be beating our chests every day. We ought to look in a mirror and be proud, and stick out our chests and suck in our bellies, and say, ‘Damn, we’re Americans!'”

What he forgot to add is, “And we’re going to kick your ass.”

Why do they hate us? No one likes a bully.


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