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Right Intention: Anti-Americanism

Friday, December 17, 2004


The Daily Demarche is a new blog that I like a lot. Here is a great post:

After September 11th America engaged in a spasm of self-examination. Every pundit, talking head, editorial board and average Joe asked "Why do they hate us?"

A few choice quotes from around the globe tell the tale (at least in the haters eyes):

1. The American “heart is frozen, their society cold, their empire cruel.”
2. It is a country of “32 religions and only one dish … and even that [is] inedible.”
3. “I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion.”
4. “America is a mistake, a gigantic mistake.”
5. "The United States is “the most dangerous power the world has ever known.”

I am sure it would not surprise you to know the first three quotes are French, the fourth is Austrian and the last British. That we have issues in the Euro-zone is not earthshaking news. Consider this, though. Quote number one is from 1749, by the Comte de Buffon a renowned French scientist. Number two is by Talleyrand a famous French politician from the 1790s. Number three is by the French social philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville (1835) who's book "Democracy in America" is required reading for history and American Studies students across America. Quote number four is by Sigmund Freud (1930) an Austrian psychiatrist you might have heard of. Number five is from 2001 by British playwright the Harold Pinter. These quotes come from Hating America: A History by Barry Rubin, Judith Colp Rubin.

One thing I cannot stand is for leftists to try to make the un-informed believe that somehow the rest of the world loved the US unconditionally before Bush became president. It's a lie. Read the rest.


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