Since there are a number of threads that ask why... I will present you all with a couple of reasons that might be the cause of disliking the US.
I hope you will not think of me as someone that hates America, cause I really don't.
I do not necessarily agree on the following. Don't shoot the messenger.
Reason 1 : American influence since 1945
The Middle East
Syria : In Spring 1949, the elected government of Syria is overthrown, This resulted in the establishment of a dictatorship under Colonel
Iran : In 1953, Eisenhower ordered the CIA to depose Mohammed Mossadegh, the popular, elected leader of the Iranian parliament and an ardent
nationalist who opposed British and American influence in Iran. The coup severely tarnished America’s reputation among Iranians, who lost trust in
American claims of protecting democracy.
Prime Minister Mossadegh was overthrown in a joint U.S./British operation. Mossadegh had been elected to his position by a large majority of
parliament, but he had made the fateful mistake of spearheading the movement to nationalize a British-owned oil company, the sole oil company
operating in Iran. The coup restored the Shah to absolute power and began a period of 25 years of repression and torture, with the oil industry being
restored to foreign ownership, as follows: Britain and the U.S., each 40 percent, other nations 20 percent.
Lebanon : Nationalist forces roiled the Middle East and threatened to topple Lebanon’s Christian-led government, Eisenhower ordered the first
landing of U.S. troops in Beirut to protect the regime.
Meanwhile, in Jordan nationalistic anti-government rioting has broken out and the U.S. decides to send a battalion of Marines to Lebanon in case of
possibly having to intervene in Jordan later that year
Relentless bombing for more than 40 days and nights, against one of the most advanced nations in the Middle East, devastating its ancient and modern
capital city; 177 million pounds of bombs falling on the people of Iraq, the most concentrated aerial onslaught in the history of the world; depleted
uranium weapons incinerating people, causing cancer; blasting chemical and biological weapon storage and oil facilities; poisoning the atmosphere to a
degree perhaps never matched anywhere; burying soldiers alive, deliberately; the infrastructure destroyed, with a terrible effect on health; sanctions
continued to this day multiplying the health problems; perhaps a million children dead by now from all of these things, even more adults.
Iraq was the strongest military power among the Arab states. This may have been their crime. Noam Chomsky has written: "It's been a leading, driving
doctrine of U.S. foreign policy since the 1940s that the vast and unparalleled energy resources of the Gulf region will be effectively dominated by
the United States and its clients, and, crucially, that no independent, indigenous force will be permitted to have a substantial influence on the
administration of oil production and price. "
Note : This was written in 1999.
Everyone knows of the unbelievable repression of women in Afghanistan, carried out by Islamic fundamentalists, even before the Taliban. But how many
people know that during the late 1970s and most of the 1980s, Afghanistan had a government committed to bringing the incredibly backward nation into
the 20th century, including giving women equal rights? What happened, however, is that the United States poured billions of dollars into waging a
terrible war against this government, simply because it was supported by the Soviet Union. Prior to this, CIA operations had knowingly increased the
probability of a Soviet intervention, which is what occurred. In the end, the United States won, and the women, and the rest of Afghanistan, lost.
More than a million dead, three million disabled, five million refugees, in total about half the population.
Throughout the 1980s, the Reagan Administration supported Israel’s expansion of Jewish settlements in occupied territories. The administration
also supported Saddam Hussein in the eight-year Iran-Iraq War, which ended in 1988. The administration provided logistical and intelligence support,
believing, wrongly, that Saddam could destabilize the Iranian regime and defeat the Islamic Revolution.
And you people wonder why there are middle eastern people willing to blow themselves up ? or behead an American soldier ?
American influence in Asia has also caused a lot of pain and misery. Places like China, Philippines, South Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, East
South America has also been victim of American influence. Places like Guatemala, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Chile, Niceragua, Grenada, Panama,
El Salvador, Haiti, British Gyana.
Africa also had its share of the pie, although a smaller one. Go figure...
Places like, Congo/Zaire, Libya even Egypt however this was a more positive one as it stopped a war.
Even Europe isn't forgotten as Germany, Italy, Greece, Albania and the former Yugoslavian nations.
Reason 2 : American Corporatism.
What is corporatism? Socialism for the bourgeois. It has the outward form of capitalism in that it preserves private ownership and private
management, but with a crucial difference: as under socialism, government guarantees the flow of material goods, which under true capitalism it does
not. In classical capitalism, what has been called the "night-watchman" state, government's role in the economy is simply to prevent force or fraud
from disrupting the autonomous operation of the free market. The market is trusted to provide. Under corporatism, it is not, instead being
systematically manipulated to deliver goods to political constituencies. This now includes basically everyone from the economic elite to ordinary
People do not like to be considered as products.
Examples from American corporatist history:
Case #1: duPont Chemicals
The duPont corporation is the perfect example of why these global companies think something like a whipping boy is a damn good idea.We have this silly
idea in America that we are no longer controlled by the monarchs and scoundrels of medieval Europe, but is that really true?
It’s hard to believe that is true when I look at a family like duPont, who were Burgundian nobility who emigrated to the United States to escape the
guillotine for their injustices to the lower class during the French Revolution.
Case #2: Chiquita
You see, rather than grow by producing affordable, delicious fruit… they bribed government officials in third-world countries, amassing enormous
power over the politics of these developing nations and using it to exploit the workers in those places, to grow the cheapest fruit known to man
(second to slave labor, I guess). Hence the banana republic.
Case #3: Ford, GM, IBM and the Nazis
I don’t know, but it doesn’t seem like helping the Nazis massacre millions doesn’t seem like a very American way to make billions, Yet ford and
GM did not bother to close shop when fascists took power in Europe; hell, they took the opportunity to borrow some slave labor from the concentration
IBM too it a step further. Read it in the link in my sources list.
Reason 3 : American formats
McDonald's has said to have a negative impact as it would be creating Obesity. ( Note: I do not agree. )
Nike as it would use children to produce their products. ( Not sure about that.)
Reason 4 : American culture.
Like suing everyone, everywhere, every time you make a mistake.
Like spilling coffee over yourself. Like using your microwave to dry a pet.
Come on ! Lets face it. 9 out of ten times people themselves are to blame.
We here in the Netherlands are expected to know the law. We can not us an excuse that says : Oh dear... I'm sorry. I didn't know.
I don't want to read a whole book of things a product is not to be used for just because some idiots who were dumb enough to miss-use something in
the first place.... Catch my drift...
People should take responsibility for there own stupid mistakes. When you use a product designed to cook your meal from the inside out, You don't use
it as a pet dryer... Ever !
I once read something like this: Do not drink inside fluid. It could be harmful to your health.
Well... as it was a can of thinner...
Reason 5 American presentation
My experience is that The US public is presented as a bunch of morons.
Even Bush JR. He is not a moron whatsoever. However most of you fell for it to.
Reason 6 American patriotism
The kind that makes American citizens volunteer to defend their homes at the other side of the globe... Go figure.
I hope this clarifies why... As it is only the top of the ice berg.
Third world traveler
The U.S. and the Middle East Since 1945
Caught in the Middle East
( Pdf )
What Is American Corporatism?
( Recommended read.)
American Corporatism: An Abridged History
IBM and the Holocaust