Hating America: The New World Sport [NOOK Book]

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John Gibson is one of the Fox News Channel's most outspoken personalities. Now, as the aftershocks of the war in Iraq reverberate around the world, Gibson exposes the outrageous tenor of anti-American sentiment filling newsprint and airwaves beyond our borders and how disagreements over policy have mushroomed into poisonous hatred.

"I loathe America . . . and what it has done to Iraq and the rest of the helpless world."
—Margaret Drabble, ...
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Overview

John Gibson is one of the Fox News Channel's most outspoken personalities. Now, as the aftershocks of the war in Iraq reverberate around the world, Gibson exposes the outrageous tenor of anti-American sentiment filling newsprint and airwaves beyond our borders and how disagreements over policy have mushroomed into poisonous hatred.

"I loathe America . . . and what it has done to Iraq and the rest of the helpless world."
—Margaret Drabble, British novelist

From the "Arab street" to the halls of even the most historically friendly foreign governments, extreme anti-Americanism has grown disturbingly pervasive throughout the world since the shell-shocking moment of 9/11. Over the year that followed, Gibson writes, "I began to watch the overseas press with a morbid fascination punctuated by bursts of outrage. The things that were being said about America and Americans were marked by an off-the-charts level of venom, a scandalous parade of mistaken assumptions, an endless font of suspicion, mistrust, and the promulgation of outright, willful lies. The viciousness of commentary on America was breathtaking."

"Damn Americans. Hate those bastards."
--Carolyn Parrish, Canadian parliament member

And, as Gibson traces, the hate speech has gone well beyond the usual suspects in the Middle East, infecting our erstwhile allies in Europe, Asia, and even Canada. British Prime Minister Tony Blair complained that "some of the rhetoric I hear used about America is more savage than some of the rhetoric I hear about Saddam and the Iraqi regime." Presumptuous Belgian officials attempted to bring American officials up on war-crimes charges. And special hatred was reserved for President George W. Bush, whom one Australian newspaper dismissed as "the village idiot."

As America defends its security in the ongoing war on terror, Gibson argues, we must be prepared to face this growing tide of resentment abroad, which will only result in serious consequences for the haters themselves. For the anti-Americans, he argues, would "like us to forget that those who hate us may eventually try to kill us -- because they now know that we will never allow that to happen without exacting a price on those who would attempt it."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061744938
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 778 KB

Meet the Author

John Gibson is a bestselling conservative author who appears frequently on Fox News Channel and has his own national radio program, reaching about two million listeners on ninety stations each week. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : Mohammed Atta vs. my friend Roy 1
1 France's war on America 15
2 The Arab's mindless hatred for America 57
3 The Brit's annoying tendency to hate themselves for not hating America quite viciously enough 101
4 Germans delighted : at last someone else is Hitler 141
5 The axis of envy : Belgium, South Korea, and Canada 171
6 All the world despises George W. Bush 235
7 They're wrong. We're right. Get used to it 255
Acknowledgments 275
Index 277
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First Chapter

Hating America
The New World Sport
Chapter One
France's War on America

France does not know it, but we are at war with America. Yes, a permanent war, a vital war, a war without casualties, at least on the surface.
--Former French President Francois Mitterand to his longtime confidant, Georges-Marc Benamou

Americans thought we could always count on France -- and it turned out to be true. We could count on the French to be troublesome, to be haughty and demand respect, to threaten to refuse cooperation before eventually capitulating. That unflattering sketch was a picture of the France of old -- before things got even worse.

In the weeks after September 11, France gave America good cause to wonder. John Rossant, who writes for Business Week from Paris, noticed it two weeks after the 2001 terror attacks in New York and Washington. "Members of France's center-left coalition government also are starting to chime up," he wrote, and quoted Green Party member Noel Mamére: "The reality is that American policy could only result in the kind of terrorism we've just seen."

Once again, for the French, even a vicious attack against America could be the fault of no one but the Americans themselves.

Ever since the United States evicted France's embedded Nazis at the end of World War II, the French have followed this predictable, if maddening, pattern -- causing difficulty before eventually falling in line. But in the run-up to the war in Iraq, it was clear something had changed dramatically. The behavior of the French was beginning to sound more than merely cranky and irksome, until Americans had reason to wonder: Which side is France on?

The answer could be found in the Arab media, which reported intently on developing events and shaped the news into an almost mythical tale that every Arab would have recognized.

Their story went like this: The clouds of war were darkening a near horizon. As the Arab world stood in abject horror, an Armageddon of invader hordes promised catastrophe, with no army to stand in sensitive Arabs, the clash appeared to be over -- in a cascade of humiliation -- before it even began.

But as the long period of argument and debate dragged on, momentarily holding off the spectre of humiliation, one man stood to lead the Arab Nation, to speak eloquently and cleverly for the cause that would stave off the worst catastrophe in a millennium. Ultimately his mission failed, and the spectacle of outmatched defenders falling valiantly in the face of Western onslaught was salved only by the memory of that one man, who had the courage to throw himself before the inevitable conflagration. To the Arabs, his cause was in vain, but his defiance was noble and proud.

This man was proclaimed leader of the Arab Nation, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Persian Gulf -- the man who shamed the ineffectual poseurs who pretended to lead the desperate Arabs, but who only grew irrelevant and fat in their weakness.

Who was this savior of the Arab people?
Jacques Chirac, the president of France.

So strenuous were Chirac's efforts to defend Saddam Hussein's regime that Iraq's state newspaper, Babel, awarded him the ceremonial title Al-Munadhil al-Akbar: Great Combatant.

One Algerian fundamentalist leader, Abdallah Jaballah, praised Mr. Chirac as "the only truly Arab leader today."

Imad al-Din Husayn, a columnist for Al Bayan, the government-owned newspaper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, played with the idea. "I came to the conclusion that installing Chirac as president of the Arab League could bring about a solution to our problems," Husayn said, musing on the Gordian Knot Chirac could hack open for the Arabs. Unlike his Arab counterparts, Husayn reasoned, at least Chirac would make an attempt to defend against the American war machine. With the prospect of sure failure besetting the Arab peoples -- invasion, death, carnage, humiliation, all at Western hands -- miracles of salvation "would be wrought by the hands of our new Saladin al-Chirac."

Saladin, the twelfth-century son of a Kurdish chief, born in Tikrit, Iraq, at a young age united the Arab world by force of arms, installed himself as the Sultan of Egypt and Champion of Islam. He eventually drove the Crusaders out of Jerusalem, which Muslims then held for centuries. In the Arab world, it is hard to pay a higher compliment than to enshrine a man's name as Saladin. "Saladin al-Chirac."

As the Arabs contemplated the bleak future they had wrought -- the coming Iraq war, of course, but also the continuing Palestinian conflict -- they saw but one figure and one country on the world stage even attempting to stand in the way of the United States: President Chirac and his anti-American nation of France.

Chirac's behavior provoked a basic question: Why were the Arabs and the French working so hard to protect Saddam Hussein? The French certainly knew they were doing the Iraqi people no favor trying to stop a force that would drive Saddam Hussein out. As the war approached in 2003, the French, other Western Europeans -- and, yes, the Arabs themselves -- had seen a dozen years of reports from international human rights' agencies, including the United Nations, making it abundantly clear how agonizing the Saddam regime was for the Iraqi people. The United Nations Human Rights Committee had concluded in 1997 that Saddam's Iraq suffered a "high incidence of summary executions, arbitrary arrests and detention, torture and ill treatment by members of security and military forces." The Committee noted that Saddam's regime imposed retroactive laws, empowering security services to execute and torture people for newly declared crimes. It noted with particular disgust Iraq's Decree No. 109 of August 1994, which ordered criminals whose hand had been amputated as a punishment for their crimes be branded with an X on their forehead, so that amputees from Iraq's wars could be easily distinguished from criminals who had been maimed by the state.

In August 2001, Amnesty International weighed in with yet another of its many voluminous reports on Saddam's human rights' abuses. The report recounted a series of horrific tales from various individuals who had been taken into custody and tortured, some for a period of years. "Some of the victims have died and many have been left with permanent physical and psychological damage," the document reported. "Others have been left with mutilated bodies."

After the end of major conflict, enormous mass graves were found in Iraq, containing the bodies of more than 300,000 executed men, women, and even children. but the real tragedy was that these graves came as a surprise to no one: Arabs and Westerners alike had known of Saddam's murderous practices for a generation. Guest workers in Iraq came home in boxes, their bodies showing signs of prolonged torture before death. Indeed, France itself had spent years trying to convince Saddam to change his ways in order to help him rejoin the world economic community. France was especially eager to rehabilitate Saddam so that the U.N. sanctions against him would be lifted -- allowing the dictator once again to sell Iraq's oil legally on the world market.

Hating America
The New World Sport
. Copyright © by John Gibson. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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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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