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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2005

    Good addition to the debate

    I don't think that anyone should only read this book to understand the U.S. relation to the rest of the world, because it only provides a partial view of reality (and the author admits that it is his polemic). However, it does provide a good view of anti-Americanism in the world today, in some of its more hysterical and irrational forms. Each chapter details a country, and examples of anti-Americanism in the period 2001-2003. It is a bit amazing to me, to read some of the absolute almost unreadable rants and ideas that people have produced about the U.S. after 9/11. The author mentions, as one example, some of the things that have appeared in the British newspaper, The Guardian (which I think is mostly read by middle class and upper middle class educated Brits). It amazes me that modern British people might want to read a column that basically states that the U.S. is the main 'source of terror' in the world today, and not the Islamo-fascists who immolated 3,000 innocent people on September 11 (and that despite all the things that, for example, Clinton did to help the Muslims, in Kosovo, Bosnia, 'Palestine', etc.). In France, Britain, Germany, and the Arab world, the hard reality is that many people not only cheered on Sep.11 (some very openly), but some even said, 'The U.S. had it coming'. This occurred in the Gaza Strip, Egypt, Britain, Germany, Paris, and many other places around the world. And that despite the fact that the U.S. takes in millions of people every year (legally and illegally) from all nations, including Muslims and Brits (if the U.S. is such a horrible country, why do so many Muslims want to come here to live ? Why isn't there an exodus of Brits, Germans, Frenchmen, and Muslims out of the U.S. ? The reality is, people 'vote with their feet', and millions have voted for the U.S. People that are still 'stuck' in Manchester or Leeds, the sordid, crime-ridden suburbs of Paris, overtaxed Germany, or undemocratic Cairo resent the U.S. and the American standard of living, American confidence, and U.S. power. Germans, as the author notes, resent the U.S. for being a very powerful and at the same time, moral nation (something Germany never was able to do, or ever will be. France envies the U.S. because the U.S. is still a world power (unlike France), and the British have a very thiny-veiled cultural superiority complex ('Bush is a toxic Texan', etc.). As the author points out, the rest of the world cannot compete with the U.S. in terms of 'hard power', so it condemns the U.S. on its use of hard power, and attacks the U.S. for not operating in terms of 'soft power', a la Canada and Beglium. With regard to the Arabs, many of them just blame others for their own self-made problems, and they hate Israel, because Israel was able to dominate the entire Arab world in three major wars. Instead of blaming their own military incompetency, they blame the U.S. This book is a good addition to the debate, and provides clear evidence of fanatical, illogical anti-Americanism all over the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2005

    nice read but nothing we didn't know

    The book is like a collection of examples of how different people in different countries hate America. As a born and raised European this is nothing new. The book is right on target about something. The hate for the US has nothing to do with the war in Iraq. It was there when I was a child already. And from my viewpoint, a European that lives and loves the US (more than Europe) I agree with him. Most people have envy and that's just the reason for the hate. Still, I want to make clear that though most are anti-American in Europe, many are pro-American, something which is not easy at all in Europe. The book is still a good read because you will find some very absurd comments from the world around us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2004

    Thank-U

    Thanks Mr. Gibson,now i no the truth. u no all the people i thought liked this county really doesnt. its nice 2 no the truth.i luv the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2004

    Hillarious

    Lauching his 'book' on the O'Reilly factor JOhn was asked by BIll, 'Why, in one word, does the world hate America?' Johns one word answer: 'Fear envy Jealousy.' And so goes the book. This is really a poorly written, meandering indulgence in stereotypical descriptions and flights of fancy about various nations and their motivations in opposing american policy choices. Gibson believes that 'hating america' is a form of syndrome without any rational cause. Firstly, he has elevated oppostion to american design to the lavel of hatred. Second, any opposition , in Gibsons view, cannot have a rational basis, as this is a syndrome or sickness brought on, not by any american shortfalls, by the veneality, anger , and jealousy of other peoples. Insulated in the world of fox news, Gibson draws an accurate portrayal of the Globe as fox news sees it. However, no such world exists.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2004

    It's about time that Americans (USA) wake up to the real world.(Miami, Fl.)

    A book well written, clear and to the point. The hate towards America has been growing for a long time, it's about time that Americans realize the reality and urgency of this situation. John Gibson has spelled it clear, this is about survival.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2004

    A brilliant analysis

    The America-hate in the world has reached a level that is perplexing and somewhat disturbing to most Americans. John Gibson has cleverly compiled views from abroad, summarized war-on-terror facts, and put together a brilliant, brilliant analysis that clearly shows with whom the pathology lies. An outstanding read. Thank you, Mr. Gibson.

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