The residue of U.S. foreign policy coats much of the world. It is the other part of the answer to the question, "Why do they hate us?" Simply because America has -- often for what seemed good reasons at the time -- intervened to shape the destinies of other countries and then, as a nation, walked away.
Why do they hate us? "It's the ideology, stupid!"
They hate us because the Koran dictates world domination by Islam, with death, subjugation (and tax) or conversion as the only options for non-believers.
Peaceful, peace-loving Pakistan has gone to war with its neighbor on the other side, India, three times since 1948, IIRC. And unable to reconcile itself to Indian control of Kashmir (Pakistan probably does have the better case), Pakistan has long kept the waters roiling by providing safe haven, training sites, and considerable material support to its own jihadis intent upon that bit of dar-al-Islam."
They hate us because of our meddling in affairs the world over. Muslims also hate us because of what they consider our libertine ways. Americans are abysmally ignorant of foreign language, culture and politics and likely to remain so.
We really deserve to lose this one, but if we don't, we could help secure our future by requiring Amerikan kids to learn a foreign language and spend junior year abroad. In addition, we should finance a year in high school here for any kid abroad who masters English.
"guest may have explained some of the hate, but in an indirect, ironic sort of way.
Our unfavorables are nearly as high in Germany, France, Spain and the Netherlands as they are in Islamic countries."
People abroad admire Americans not because they back foreign dictators but because they believe that all men and all women are created equal. That concept cannot stop at the borders of the United States. It is a concept far greater than any one nation, no matter how great that nation is. For America to be true to itself, its people must broaden their belief in equality to include the men and women of the world.
If you look closely at the polls that show that Euros don't like the US, the reasons are rather interesting.
Mr. Freeman: the Europeans can't do much of anything without having the U.S. on board, unless they are willing to go head to head with us, which would have unforeseeable but rather negative-looking consequences.
It's obviously fair to say that the Pakistani attitudes aren't justified, and that the U.S. is getting more blame that it deserves in his narrative. But a lot of commenters respond to the message by lashing out in a very angry way.
Our unfavorables are nearly as high in Germany, France, Spain and the Netherlands as they are in Islamic countries.
No, I have never come across anyone around the world who hates us for our freedoms, or our blue jeans. This baloney comes from watching too much Fox News and Bush speeches, but it has nothing to do with reality.