Why DO 'They' Hate Us? In the dark says since the attack on the World Trade Center, the question that many Americans have asked is: Why? Why do 'they' hate us as they do? Is it, as our leaders would have us believe, because they hate our freedom? To understand what others find objectionable in us, we must take a long and brutally honest view of how we act, versus what we like to say about ourselves. The facts, as this book demonstrates, are incontrovertible: Our history is an unbroken progression of atrocities, betrayals of trust, and abuses of the rule of law, both to our global neighbors as well as our own citizens. Since the arrival of the first settlers, we have cheated and swindled, committed the most sweeping genocide in history (100,000,000 members of the indigenous populations), attacked civilian populations with nuclear weapons, promoted conflicts at home and abroad, supported brutal right-wing regimes, bullied those weaker than us, and performed gruesome experiments on the most defenseless of our own citizens: poor southern blacks, retarded teens, and pregnant women. These, sadly, are the facts, and are what others see when we utter our proud slogans about loving peace and promoting democracy. But who among us is actually responsible for this ignominious state of affairs? As Perni argues, all of these iniquities can be traced to three sources: big business, fundamentalist, right-wing Christians, whom he characterizes as our own domestic Taliban, and a corrupt government that serves the corporations while manipulating the easily swayed voters. I have to admit, this is a book I almost refused to publish--not because I didn't like it, but because, quite frankly, I was AFRAID. Perni pulls no punches in exposing the dark side of the United States Government. Starting with the first settlers, and working his way through the present, he shows that Americans haven't always behaved in a manner consistent with our self-righteous self-image. Ultimately, ANGER replaced fear. How DARE they subvert this country, about which I would like to feel pride, but, faced with undeniable evidence, must instead experience shame? This is not a book of conspiracy THEORIES. Perni backs up his thesis with actual documents recovered, despite overwhelming resistance, under the Freedom of Information Act. This is a book for patriots -- REAL patriots, who aren't content to believe catchy slogans and manipulative distortions. It is a book for those who want to make this a country about which we can honestly feel pride.
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Heritage of Hypocrisy based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This book should be required reading for everyone who thinks they know something about American history. While it may offend some, the author chronicles the activities of those who have always been at the helm of our country, and shows them to be something other than the lilly-white, innocent, peace loving, law-abiding folks that we would like to think Americans are. Don't miss the point, either. This book is not about beating ourselves up over past deeds. It's about recognizing the deeds and lies of today's politicians to be just as reprehensible as those of their predecessors who started wars, committed genocide, and generally disregarded not only the human rights of foreigners, but also of our own fellow citizens. To his credit, the author provides ample footnotes and references to back up his assertions. If you don't believe them, you can check them out yourself. If you are afraid to take a good look at what America has been responsible for in the past, don't read this book.