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Post time 2008-2-20 19:53:09 |Display all floors
Every European I have met (which has been a large number over the years) hasn't expressed hatred towards me or other American citizens.  They may express a dislike for my government now and then.
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Post time 2008-2-20 22:21:31 |Display all floors
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/an ... -ameri_b_44840.html

Why Europe Dislikes America

Forty-eight percent of Germans think the United States is more dangerous than Iran while only 31 percent believe the opposite according to a new survey conducted by the respected Forsa Institute for the widely-read magazine Stern. Even more than the German average, young people in particular - 57 percent of 18-to-29-year olds - held this to be the case. This survey merely confirms the findings of others in Germany and Europe that were conducted over the past few years and that demonstrate unmistakably that the United States is massively distrusted and disliked by a majority of (at least West ) European publics. America's legitimacy and attractiveness in the eyes of West Europeans has sunk often below those "enjoyed" by Iran, North Korea and - not surprisingly - Israel. In the words of The New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, America has become "radioactive" to many in the world, West Europe included.

There can be no doubt that many disastrous, irresponsible -- indeed criminal -- policies by the Bush administration, as well as its haughty demeanor and arrogant tone, have contributed massively to this unprecedented vocal animosity on the part of Europeans toward Americans and America. Indeed, they bear responsibility for having created a situation in which anti-Americanism has mutated into a sort of global antinomy, a mutually shared language of opposition to and resistance against the real and perceived ills of modernity that are now inextricably identified with America. I have been traveling back and forth with considerable frequency between the United States and Europe since 1960, and I cannot recall a time like the present, when such a vehement aversion to everything American has been articulated in Europe. No Western European country is exempt from this phenomenon -- not a single social class, no age group or profession, nor either gender. But the aversion reaches much deeper and wider than the frequently evoked "anti-Bushism." I perceive this virulent, Europe-wide, and global "anti-Bushism" as the glaring tip of a massive anti-American iceberg.

Anti-Americanism has been promoted to the status of Western Europe's lingua franca. Even at the height of the Vietnam War, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and during the dispute over NATO's Dual Track decision (to station Pershing and cruise missiles primarily in Germany, but in other Western European countries as well, while negotiating with the Soviet Union over arms reduction), things were different. Each event met with a European public that was divided concerning its position toward America: In addition to those who reacted with opposition and protest, there were strong forces that expressed appreciation and understanding. In France, arguably Europe's leader over the past 15 years in most matters related to antipathy toward America, the prospect of stationing U.S. medium-range missiles, especially if they were on German soil, even met with the massive approval of the left in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

But as of October 2001, weeks after 9/11 and just before the U.S. war against the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, a massive Europe-wide resentment of America commenced that reached well beyond American policies, American politics, and the American government, proliferating in virtually all segments of Western European publics. From grandmothers who vote for the archconservative Bavarian Christian Social Union to 30-year-old socialist Pasok activists in Greece, from Finnish Social Democrats to French Gaullists, from globalization opponents to business managers -- all are joining in the ever louder chorus of anti-Americanism.

As I argue in my recently published book, Uncouth Nation: Why Europe Dislikes America, anti-Americanism precedes the misdeeds of the Bush administration and will remain largely intact even when - God willing - we will see this eight-year-long nightmare end on January 20, 2009 with the inauguration of a Democrat as our new president. Anti-Americanism has become a welcome currency in Europe and for Europeans. After all, few things have provided Europeans such a clear sense of common identity than being "non-Americans" (please note the "non" instead of the "anti"). But in the stressing of their common identity in opposition to America, many "antis" will be harnessed in discourse and attitude, perhaps even behavior and action. Just as many surveys make it clear how much America is hated around the world, the very same surveys also demonstrate the great regard that people have for Europe as a whole, and certain European countries in particular, with France leading the way as the ideal "non" America. With Europe mutating into an economic superpower and well on its way to becoming a political player on the global scene as well, any edge that this entity can harness in its competition with its rivals - one of which most clearly is the United States - will serve as an asset that will be honed. The justified disdain for President Bush, his administration and policies will disappear, but the negativity toward many things American will remain.

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Post time 2008-2-21 05:23:02 |Display all floors

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Originally posted by mengzhi at 2008-2-20 18:41
Why do the Europeans hate the Americans ?  They don't , the whole world does along with 70% of the Americans .
These are the people frustrated and angered with the blind bull policy of Dubya , not ...


I have resorted to quoting my good self for your sake , zglobal. Read that last sentence ( it is in English , so don't be afraid ).  " These are the people frustrated and angered with the blind bull policy of Dubya  NOT the American people ."    I am really confused as to the (il)literacy rate of the ordinary Aussie bloke .  I said it is anti-Dubya not anti-Americans . What more can to do , as my good Estonian Australian would have said . Indeed .

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Post time 2008-2-21 07:01:01 |Display all floors
Originally posted by gotohell at 2008-2-17 19:57
Wherever you visit in Europe, people show a surprising hatred for America?

Why is that?


The answer is easy enough.

America's imperialistic claims in the Middle East are starting to bother us. They are like a child, who play with power but are ignorant of what their actions can cause.

War in Iraq is one of the biggest reasons, also they are a bit too cocky, and not at all bright. Yet for some reason they think that they are better then anyone else and are morally on a higher plane, although if anyone has enough brains to look deeper then the surface (Americans don't) they will see that morally Americans are much below Europe. Plus once again i come back to their imperialistic foreign policy. Hope this explains it to you.

I am sure that most Americans here are gonna reply with "You're just jealous cause we are Americans and we are richer and fatter then you". Sorry kids, I am not jealous of you. You live in a dream, and you can't get out, even if you want to. Your opinion of the world is formed by which television channel you prefer to watch. Your personal freedom are limited by strict law. You aren't free, you just lack the intellect to realize it. Its like Lenin said "Religion is like opium for the people", well I must say liberty is like opium to you.

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Post time 2008-2-21 07:18:00 |Display all floors
Originally posted by projeka at 2008-2-20 19:53
Every European I have met (which has been a large number over the years) hasn't expressed hatred towards me or other American citizens.  They may express a dislike for my government now and then.


We, the French, are culturally more advanced and smarter than Americans but economically not as good. We atribute this difference to American expansionist policies and brute force. We also don't like American inflluence of pop-culture on our own culture. Ours is more sophisticated and superior.

Other Europeans are scared of American power: what if USA would not like their government the way it did not like Saddam? We have no means to protect ourselves, we are  vulnerable to USA.

Europe was enjoying pretty stable and prosperous life since WWII and they like it. They think that Americans are troublemakers, going around the world, disturbing peole, making enemies and, as the consequence, increasing risk for Europeans (who want to be out of this) of violence and maybe new wars.

Americans don't realize (why?) that most of the problems they created themselves through their shortsightedness and narrow-minded liberal policies of unrestricted immigration, overwhelming wellfare system, suppression of personal innnitiative and promotion of lazyness, liberal criminal laws, tolerance to lies and hatred.

If you look - where 9/11 attack was prepared? in Germany. Where Chechen separatists find shelter? in Great Britain and Denmark. Where Ayatollah Khomeini started his "Islamic revolution" (islamofascism)? In Paris.

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Post time 2008-2-21 07:32:25 |Display all floors
Originally posted by robies at 2008-2-21 07:18


We, the French, are culturally more advanced and smarter than Americans but economically not as good. We atribute this difference to American expansionist policies and brute force. We also don' ...
  
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Post time 2008-2-21 12:46:05 |Display all floors
Originally posted by robies at 2008-2-20 18:18


We, the French, are culturally more advanced and smarter than Americans but economically not as good. We atribute this difference to American expansionist policies and brute force. We also don' ...

I thought that urban French considered all cultures inferior to French culture .

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