Those Damn Anti-Americans

August 28, 2005 at 4:28 am 2 comments

Edit August 5th 2006. This was written, what almost a year ago. Anyway, this post was based off one incident I encountered of people talking about the U.S. While I still hold by the naivety of their information and the surprising amount of their ignornance, the anaylsis of their possible pyschologies I do take back and have striken through.

Upon leaving the U.S. I encountered the expected anti-american stuff from other English speakers. Here in Korea I’m surrounded by British ex-pats who hold themselves several moral leagues higher than Americans, New Zealanders who just say, “I hate Americans,” some Canadians who joke about the whole matter, and a Brazilian who naturally views the U.S. as a imperialist power that South American countries bow down to. What was depressing is that as an American, I’ve yet to meet anyone outside of the country who seems focused on providing viable solutions to the problems they find with the U.S. scratch that presenting a detialed case of what Americans have done wrong to them or the world. In fact in conversation their views of the u.s. seem more like muddled fairy tales than actual stories of oppression. This was especially disappointing coming from a Brazilian. Off the bat I can name probably at least 3-5 major failing of American diplomacy and militarism in South American not to mention the despicable conditions that foreign businesses have forced upon South Americans farm workers, and oh yeah all those times we funneled money and guns to groups that proceeded to assinate leaders and regimes with little hope of providing the services and goverance of the former party. The New Zealnders seemed kinda unaware of America and Australia’s occasional strong arming of New Zealand about their stringent environmental policy, and frankly I’m not sure why the British holds the U.S. in such high esteem but also despise us for good reason (foreign policy and all that) and bad (stereotyping). But every example I’ve named are the problems we, as Americans, admit to. I was hoping for something new, some definable concrete rationale for their hatred of the u.s. i.e. why do British people dislike the U.S., Brazilians, etc.

The problem is in all of these people’s hatred of the U.S. I don’t see reason, but defeatism or arrogance. It seems like they’ve accepted on some level (and this belief doesn’t run to the heart) that their victims becuase they don’t have the opporunities that Americans are rumored to have. Percieving the U.S. as so ahead in the race, they’ve just decided to sit down and wait for foreign investment or whatever to save them. This is an over-exageration. I mean they let me into their company, they seem to be moving ahead, but the most shocking thing is just how out of date their rhetoric seems to be. This might just be me, I mean ya know I’d like to thing I’m up to date on some current events and thinking, but the New Zealanders still seem commited to ideologies that even modern day hippies don’t necessarily beleive in, the Brazilian wailed against corporations despite that Brazil’s economic strategy is dependent on those businesses, getting Brazil to be an international hub for manufacturing and the exchange of ideas, I don’t know what the British are bitching about their country is exploding with green ideas and I want one of these bikes, and the Canadain just seemed to find it all quite funny. But the rationale giving for hating the u.s. revolved more around vague mythologies of events than investigation in them, in other words knowledge isn’t the game as much as slander scratch this closing yourself off. These people have little interest in learning from the mistakes of the U.S. and instead seem content to use these little facts as better than thou points and justification of themselves as victims. It amounts to nothing more than just spite. Most of the middle eastern bloggers seem to have far more concrete detials on why they don’t like the u.s. Aside from the obvious, dude you just bombed us and killed certian members of our press, one Iranian women expressed frustration with American and European feminists who constantly want Islamic women to go unveiled. “We’re modest,” I recall her saying, and she seemed to see in it as an advantage in that Islamic women are a little more outside of the slut it up in your daisy dukes and plastic surgery to make your ass look a little less fat conudrum than what Western and especially Asian women compete with (women in South Korea get eye jobs so they look more Western). Wrapping it all up, we’re commonly accused to economic and political blackmail, but when and where? Why did it happen? What kinds of regulations can be taken to keep this from occuring again?

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  • 1. wyneken  |  August 28, 2005 at 3:09 pm

    Very thoughtful discussion, bro — thanks!

    What interests me is that this knee-jerk anti-Yank sentment (which I also feel, and I’m a Yank) seems to mirror the thought-free, flag-waving, yellow-ribbon, “Support Our Troops” mood that pervades Wal-Mart America. If you closely question any of these people, they don’t really have well-thought-out arguments. It’s more a question of attitude.

  • 2. ALJ  |  August 28, 2005 at 3:35 pm

    yeah although frankly even the liberal americans have more attitude often than analysis. but the real problem seems to be many of these people want to justify an image of the u.s. instead of focusing on what you need to which is point and saying hey american this sucks ass, stop doing this. You go over seas thinking it;’s gonna be all about the Iraq War and Bush and instead it’s all about just hating a group of people that happened to have suceeded. all that aside it’s pretty obvious that japan is the technology leader of the world now and china is increasingly taking over the ideologies.


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