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Old 09-11-2004, 21:33:01   #245
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As fro Anti-Americanism... it isn't a reaction to American Anti anything. It's basic nature. When Spain (was percieved to) ruled the Known World, everyone was Anti-Spain. When France (was percieved to) ruled the Known World, everyone was Anti-France. When UK (was percieved to) ruled the Known World, everyone was Anti-UK. When China is percieved to rule the Known World, we will all be anti-China. You can say "We hate your country/administration for this reason..." but in the History of World, America has been one seriously underachieving Nasty Overlord. It's just human nature. People don't like to see others do well. People perfer to see them fail. That's part of the basic wiring of our brains. Someone doing better then you triggers your Zero Sum reasoning... less is left for you. Basic psych has studied the hell out of this. That Zero Sum reaction doesn't trigger as easily for people you don't see competing directly against you (your community), so it takes outsiders having much more then you to trigger that Zero Sum behavior.

As long as the world hates America, that just means it sees America as Top Dog. When it starts hating someone else equally, then the Sun will be setting on America. I'm hearing a good bit of anti-China and anti-India sentiment at this time. Well up above the anti-Jap and anti-German and anti-Arabia these days.

When America does nothing, its hated for doing nothing. When America goes in to help, its hated for not helping enough and not helping sooner. When America interferes in other countries, America is hated for if. When America doesn't interfere in other countries, America is hated for it. If America chooses to support a side, it is hated. If it doesn't, it is hated. That isn't reasonable behavior. So there isn't any valid arguments to how America makes itself hated... America is hated because it exists. if it didn't exists, everyone would just hate something else. Such is the true nature of humans since before we were humans.
Summary: Ppl don't hate America, really, they just whoever is the strongest world power at any given time...*

*My summary could be wrong as I didn't bother to read the whole thing

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