The World Despise The United States Why
After the attacks on US soil on September 11, it was clear to all Americans that this country that we love so deeply is hated and despised by many in many countries. From this event many questions have been raised; however, none were so frustrating as the question as to why people hate us. According to some the reason as to why the United States is despised so intensely is due to our beliefs that we hold so dear such as freedom of religion and our passion for a representative government. Others have come to the conclusion that the main reason is due to our society that attempts to push itself upon other nations who don’t want to be Americanized through our products such as Coca-Cola and American movies. Others believe that the actions and events that we take part in speak the loudest to other nations which in turn invokes the greatest anger. Which of these three possibilities do foreigners believe to be the greatest threat to their society?
According to www.imdb.com the top-grossing movie while in American theaters is the Titanic (1997) with a gross of $600,779,824 while globally the same movie grossed a total of $1,835,300,000. The point of this data is that American companies do not go to other nations in an attempt to force the American way of life or beliefs onto other nations. No, they simple take their products to other nations in an attempt to make money. Also, America is by far the most diverse country in existence. Every day thousands of foreigners enter these borders in an attempt to become citizens of this great nation. Since we are so diverse, every ethnic group that is represented on this earth is also represented in the United States. Since the government is mainly appointed by the people to represent the people, then the ideas that the government sells to other nations is the idea of all ethnic groups in America and the world abroad. Even if the U.S. does not accurately represent their beliefs, their anger towards the United States should not stem from their hatred of our beliefs. After all, when was the last time an idea has harmed or benefited anyone? The harm or benefit of an idea comes into play when someone takes action upon his or her ideas. Therefore, the main reason why various groups of people hate this nation is due to the actions that we participate in — mainly our military actions.
This country has a long history of helping out other nations that we believe need our help. An excellent example of this is our ongoing help to Israel, which we consider to be one of our greatest allies. From the very second that we helped bring this nation into existence, the Arab community has condemned our actions, thus, bringing the deaths of many Americans and Israelites into the picture. Nonetheless we continue to help this country out by selling them American military might which has helped them out many times in the past. Israel, like America has never lost a war that it has taken part in. One can conclude that the reason why they have never lost a war is because of the equipment and the training that we, the United States, have provide them for many years. Even when every surrounding Arab nation attacks simultaneously, the Israelites have been able to repulse their repressors and defeat them in a matter of days. Probably the greatest example of this would include the Six Day War where Israel emerged victorious over the Arab nations. During a three-week period preceding June 5, 1967, the Egyptian military started building its military forces in the Sinai Peninsula. This new force was mainly supported by the former USSR, now known as Russia. Soon many nations came to the help of the Egyptian and Syrian governments during this three week period including, but not limited to: Jordan, Algeria, Kuwait, and Iraq. On June 5, 1967 a three-week tension between the Egyptian-Syrian military alliance and Israel could no longer be kept in check. Foreseeing its doom, Israel decided to strike all nations simultaneously that they viewed to be a threat to their well-being. Severely outnumbered, an air attack was executed with the code named Moked. This attack severely shattered all Arab air forces. Many were destroyed while their planes were still on the ground. From there they proceeded to push into hostile territory using their army to do the major part of the offensive. Eventually the threat was destroyed with the Israelites victorious. Mark Hertsgaard once hinted toward in his paper The Oblivious Empire that the only reason why the United States helps Israel is because the citizens of the United States are grossly ignorant to current day news. In her paper she states that the average citizen is under the influence that more Israel citizens die than Arab citizens in the bloody struggles between the two societies. Because of supposed belief, we feel that we are morally obligated to help the Israelite struggle against the Arab nations. Although this may be true about the general population in America, it can also be concluded that the United States public despises the way the Arab nations decide to attack the population of Israel through suicide bombings. We believe this method to cruel, unethical, and morally wrong. Therefore, it can also be concluded that the reason why we generally help Israel is due to this belief of ethics.
After World War II a power struggle broke out between the allied nations on what the best method is to govern the occupied territories. This struggle would later be known as the Cold War, which was between the two strongest nations in the world at the time, the United States and the Soviet Union. Unfortunately no two other nations could be farther apart in ideas than these two. The Soviets believed that the best way to govern the territories is through a Communist form of government while the Americans feared the spread of Communism with a strong passion. During this time period a clear line was drawn between the two apposing sides. Either you were for one idea or for the other. We viewed all nations that did not hold our values to be true as enemies. Although the Soviet Union has since fallen, and many of their territories that the Soviets grasped with a strong iron hand have since turned from their past Communist ways, we still attain our past fears. The United States does and will always fear all countries that use a dictator or a communist form of government. Therefore, it is only natural that we jump at all opportunities that present themselves where we can change a hostile government into a friendlier form. However, all Arab Nations before 2001 fit into the hostile category. Then one day on September 11, 2001 our country was attack surprisingly from an unknown enemy. However, we had a good idea that it was one of the Arab nations that despise the United States. Soon after the attack our beliefs were found out to be true. A man named Osama Bin Laden, who practically ruled the country of Afghanistan, had orchestrated and financed the operations that killed three thousand Americans. Outraged, we invaded this country, which had never before been successfully invaded, slaughtering the opposition, and installed a government that would be friendlier towards the United States both politically and morally. This action outraged the Arab community. Iraq’s response to this was a verbal reward to the family whose son could kill people in Israel or the United States through the method of suicide bombing. Knowing Iraq’s past actions, the United States went to the U.N. asking them to enforce action upon Iraq. This was the first time that the United States truly knew that the rest of the world was not on our side. Our request was met with hatred from all nations with the exception a few, mainly the British and Israel. We knew from that point on that we would have to act on our own without the help of the United Nations. Without further ado, President Bush gave Saddam Hussein (leader of Iraq) a 48-hour ultimatum that would ultimately expire leading to war with Iraq. On March 20, 2003 the ground war with Iraq was initiated. The war with Iraq lasted till May 1, 2003, one of the shortest in United States history. During the actual war section of Iraqi Freedom, a grand total of 110 U.S. soldiers paid the ultimate price for their country (according to http://www.antiwar.com). By all accounts the war was a huge success when compared to previous wars that the United States has taken part in. A leader who has killed thousand of his own people was removed from power by the United States. Nonetheless the war is met with skepticism from many in many nations. Some skepticism centers on the idea that America entered the war solely for oil; however, this idea and many more like it have been replaced due to insufficient proof. Unfortunately for the United States, even if all these ideas were to be proven wrong, people would still hate the United States for entering into this war.
From the Indians to the Arab communities, the United States has always been despised by other groups of people. One idea that many believe is that American companies attempt to infiltrate other nations to thrust the American way of life into their societies. This simply isn’t true. American companies see other nations as an extra source of income. Simply stated, if the profits stop rolling in then the company will move out. Another conclusion that people tend to reach is that people in other nations despise the idea that the United States stands for such as freedom of speech and religion. But when was the last time an idea has harmed someone? No, the only logical answer can be the actions that we, the United States, take part in. The main source of anger stems from the military actions that we have taken part in and are currently undergoing. There are many great examples of the American military might in action ranging from the World Wars that we have participated in to the current wars on terrorism. Probably one of the greatest examples is our involvement in Somalia. Our intentions were to simply help the general inhabitance by providing them with food and supplies. Ultimately we lost 44 men and the world shunned our involvement in that area. The United States is by far the most powerful nation in the world both through military might and economically. Because of this we feel the need to stretch our arm out to help other people in what we view as their time of need. Because of these actions that we have taken it is only natural that people despise the United States.