Why Do They Hate Us So Much?

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American
Presidents since William McKinley have played fast and loose with
the lives of people living in foreign countries.

Hitting
just the highlights:

McKinley
betrayed the people of the Philippines, who fought alongside American
troops against Spain in 1898 – only to have the
Americans turn against them
and occupy the Philippines for 47
years.

Woodrow
Wilson helped Britain and France redraw the European boundary lines
in a way that guaranteed a century of wars and resentments – and
that continued to trigger conflict in places like Bosnia and Kosovo
as recently as the 1990s. And Wilson cooperated when the British
reneged on their pledge of freedom and independence to the Arabs
in exchange for their support of the Allies in World War I.

It
Goes on . . . 

Throughout
the 1920s and 1930s American Presidents practiced gunboat
diplomacy
with the nations of Latin America – invading countries
like Nicaragua and Honduras – as well as sending troops to China
and Turkey.

Franklin
Roosevelt – with the same "vision" as Woodrow Wilson,
and with no more knowledge of history or foreign affairs than Wilson
had – sacrificed the freedoms and independence of people in Hungary,
Czechoslovakia, Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Albania,
Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and China – to satisfy his own ambition
to be the world leader who would guarantee peace.

Harry
Truman supported dictators in Asia and Africa, and by calling that
policy the Truman Doctrine people around the world knew it was the
United States that was supporting some of the worst elements of
the world – and Truman sent American troops to die defending the
autocratic Syngman Rhee regime in Korea.

 . . . and
on . . . 

Dwight
Eisenhower approved the CIA coup that overthrew the democratic government
in Iran, replacing it with the dreadful Shah of Iran, and Eisenhower
continued the Truman Doctrine – standing by dictators in Latin America
and Asia, stationing American troops in dozens of foreign countries,
and reminding people everywhere that America had become an imperial
power.

John
F. Kennedy invaded Cuba, sent troops to aid in the suppression of
a pro-freedom rebellion in the Congo, supported a brutal dictator
in South Vietnam before assassinating him, aided oppression in Laos
and Cambodia, and extended American military bases to more and more
foreign countries.

Lyndon
Johnson played games with the truth in order to draw America into
a terrible war in Vietnam – one that caused the deaths of millions
of Vietnamese but still left Vietnam in the hands of the Communists.

Richard
Nixon secretly bombed Cambodia, only to have his secrets revealed
to the world – and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger became known
worldwide for practicing "realpolitik," a policy of using
human beings around the world as bargaining chips in his tte–ttes
with dictators.

 . . . and
on . . . 

Gerald
Ford and Jimmy Carter didn't (to the best of my knowledge) instigate
any major new intrusions on the rest of the world, but they enthusiastically
continued to shovel American taxpayer money to foreign dictators
and continued to station American troops in what had come to be
more
than a hundred foreign countries
.

Ronald
Reagan sent Marines to Lebanon to butt into a civil war there, invaded
Grenada, bombed Libya, meddled in Central America, planted American
missiles in Europe (putting European civilians in danger), and stood
by brutal dictators in El Salvador, Guatemala, and other Latin America
countries.

George
H. W. Bush invaded Panama and Iraq – and put in place the
sanctions
and air
raids
that killed hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi men,
women, and children.

 . . . and
on

Bill
Clinton maintained the Iraqi sanctions and air raids, sent American
troops to intervene in civil wars in Bosnia and Kosovo, used American
force to install a dictator in Haiti – all the while continuing
the support of foreign dictators with the money of American taxpayers,
and continuing to station American troops around the world as though
they were the legions of the Roman Empire.

George
W. Bush has invaded Afghanistan and Iraq, killing tens of thousands
of civilians; threatened Iran and Syria;
overthrew the government of Haiti
and installed a brutal dictatorship;
praised and supported dictators in Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan,
Russia, and many other countries; and demanded that everyone in
the world support America or risk being bombed and invaded – all
the while proclaiming that he wants to bring freedom and democracy
(American style) to everyone in the world.

Now
We Know

So
why do billions of people around the world hate America so much?

Obviously,
it's because of our freedom, our prosperity, and our democracy.

How
do I know? Because George Bush told me so.

What
other reason could foreigners have for resenting America?

June
1, 2005

Harry Browne [send
him mail
], the author of Why
Government Doesn’t Work

and many other books, was the Libertarian presidential candidate
in 1996 and 2000. See his website.

Harry
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