I'll have to agree with zappafan and hogtie on just about everything they've said thus far.
The U.S. has been hated by the rest of the world for many decades, and that was before Bush.
Bare with me as I try to write a little story here. My views may be somewhat skewed, but I'm having FUN
I hope you can look at it
in the same way.
I'm not a good writer, so don't be too harsh on my writing ability/inability.
I equate America to that rags-to-riches neighbor (let's call him Sam) for whom almost everything seems to go right, especially after he separates
himself from his controlling Mother. He's got the cars, the money, the power, and you'd like him to help you get into the same business, have him
partner up with you, etc. This is the guy you want on your side.
Then you've got neighbors around you who have at one point been in the same position as Sam, but they've lost it years ago. They just can't seem
to get back into the business anymore, not with as much power as this particular guy. They are now forced to deal with Sam, and they have to be
somewhat nice to him if they want to earn a proper living. Of course some of Sam's neighbors are jealous of his success, so they'll try and look for
any dirt on Sam to bring him down to their level.
Then comes a time when Sam picks up dealings with a distant rich neighbor of his (let's call him Saddam) who has been misbehaving. He'd taken
special notice of this neighbor after someone from that particular house had taken credit for murdering one of Sam's relatives. He became angered and
demanded this person be brought to justice.
In the meantime he noticed that some neighbors had been complaining about Saddam for a long time, but aside from issuing him notices of complaint,
nothing was being done. Saddam had been abusing and killing some of his own family, and he had been hiding illegal/unregistered weapons. Sam, already
upset by what happened, decided to issue one last complaint notice with a fair warning. We all know what happened after that. The Police came, took
Saddam to jail, and began searching through the house for the murderer as well as the illegal weapons. Sam realized that these weapons could be found
by the wrong person, and may even be used on the people of his neighborhood.
Well,... it turns out that some of Sam's neighbors had business dealings with Saddam, and thanks to Sam those deals would now come to an end. They
began to accuse Sam of 'illegally' breaking into Saddam's house, without the support of the entire neighborhood. When the police was having some
trouble finding these well-stashed weapons (because Saddam was no dummy, and his house was quite large with many secret passages), Sam was labeled as
"the trigger-happy Cowboy". Although these particular neighbors had despised Sam for years, this was their opportunity to make Sam look like the bad
guy. Never-mind what Saddam's crimes were, the attention of the neighborhood was on Sam now.
There were rumors spreading that Sam may actually have killed his own relative only to blame it on poor Saddam. They claimed Sam wanted a piece of
Saddam's wealth, and that was the only reason he accused this poor man. Well, soon these rumors spread from one house to another, and many people
came to believe that Sam was the bad guy. The problem was that Sam had always lent a helping hand to his fellow neighbors when he could. Although he
hoped he could bring the murderer to justice, he also hoped he would be able to help Saddam's family live a better life. Unfortunately this would
turn out to be a more difficult job than he had imagined. Saddam's family/relatives were fighting amongst each other, and didn't know how to share
equally the wealth that Saddam previously controlled. Not to mention the fact that the murderer contributed to this strife, making Sam's undertaking
even more difficult. Some of the jealous neighbors enjoyed watching Sam struggle. His slow progress really fueled their cries, and even the neighbors
who had before supported Sam in his venture were now trying to look away. They started to think that maybe these opposers had been right all
along,.... after all, if Sam doesn't want any of Saddam's wealth, why does he continue to stick his nose into Saddam's family strife, and spend so
much time inside Saddam's mansion?
Some of Sam's family as well as a few neighbors volunteered to help him out. Unfortunately some fell in the line of fire. Their deaths were used to
make Sam look terrible. It was said that he was sacrificing the lives of others for his own selfish reasons. Even some of his own family members were
asking him to quit, yet he felt that he had to go on. He felt he had a responsibility to his neighborhood, to try and rid it of danger. Of course not
everyone could see it the same way, and it was all the better for those who had been jealous of his success all those years. They taunted Sam's
family members, saying their family was blood-thirsty,... saying they were greedy jerks who didn't give a hoot about the rest of the neighborhood.
Well, some of Sam's family took those taunts to heart, and felt it was necessary to not identify themselves to others as supporters of Sam even
though they were part of his family.
Sam continues to struggle on the property which formerly belonged to Saddam, and some of his jealous neighbors continue to use this situation to turn
others against him.