posted on Mar, 1 2007 @ 02:39 PM
The MOST hated? Well, probably. But it just has the biggest profile - the crown is heavy, it's windy at the top of the mountain, etc. etc. Some of
it is jealousy, and you'll notice that in some folks' eyes US policy is damned if you do, damned if you don't. Travelling around the world almost
everywhere I've gone I've seen people wearing shirts depicting the American flag, it always kind of puzzled me, especially when the people didn't
even speak English and aside from what it represents, aesthestically it isn't even a very pretty flag. All over Western and Eastern Europe, central
America, and Asia. I know I wouldn't consider wearing an article of clothing devoted to a country not my own. Perhaps it really is the idea that
people everywhere find so appealing. But then also, I'll get the invariable person in a group who asks me, "What do you think of Bush?" (this is
while in foreign countries, and its always quite obvious that they aren't fans.)
Then also you get the people complaining about the "Californication" of the world through the dissemination of our cultural productions. They
"hate us" because we're "forcing our way" onto them. Well, there's a reason "our way" is spreading so effortlessly. And nobody is forcing it
onto anyone. Hey, as much as I personally dislike pop music, fast food, and Will Ferrell movies, billions of others disagree.
Why do the dorks in high-school "hate" the captain of the football team or the homely girls "hate" the prom queen? And is it really hate?
The anti-America sentiment in certain parts of the world is not new, either. The provost of my high-school, a Briton, shared with us a saying they
had over there about the US servicemen stationed in Europe - "Over-sexed, over-paid, and over-HERE." Made me wonder if he disliked the US so much,
what the heck was he doing here. Ask all the other immigrants if they hate America. Blair said something a few months ago when refering to the US to
the effect of, "Real feelings about a country can be quantified by comparing the number of people leaving to the number trying to get in."