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5.0 out of 5 stars Why do we expect to be loved?, May 21, 2004
This review is from: Hating America: The New World Sport (Hardcover)
"Tariq Ali, a young writer gained fame in the early 1970s decrying American policy in Vietnam. By 2003, he had lost none of his youthful anti-Americanism. 'Some of the Bush idealogues in the media compare Washington to ancient Rome. It is a permissable fantasy, but they should remember that (a) the Romans never expected to be loved and (b) that Rome, too, fell.'" (page 70)
There is truth in that statement, as Gibson points out, much as we hate to hear it. Americans want to be loved. When the Brits ruled the world, they never expected to be admired--only obeyed and, perhaps, feared. We, on the other hand, want desperately to be liked. But the hand that holds out the food, and rules, is usually hated, and often bitten. That is just a fact of life that one must expect.

John Gibson has written an awesome compilation of facts here supporting his thesis that we, the most powerful nation on earth, are vastly despised, despite all of the sacrifices we have made in blood and money in the last century to make the world better. Are we surprised then, that France, whom we have saved from the despotism and horror of two world wars, is among our most ardent foes? Or the Palestinians, whom we have striven to achieve justice for during a couple of generations, holds an abiding hatred for us? Or the Germans, Belgians, South Koreans, Spanish, Italians--all of Europe (for whom we have bled copiously), in fact, hold us in contempt or, at least distrust us?

Even the Brits, our most trusted allies, look down on us as springing from an inferior civilization.

As they said in the Second World War, while we were bleeding for their sake, it was said that the greatest fault of the Yanks were that we were, "Overfed, overpaid, oversexed and over here." No gratitude, even then in the midst of battle.

But, when all is said and done, at least for the moment (which is about as long as any political system lasts in the overall scheme of things), as Gibson points out we are the most powerfful nation on earth, militarily and economically. We have, at least for now, achieved that status while France, Spain, Italy and Russia have declined until they are no longer the masters of their own fate: the victims of socialism. Even the proud British Empire, upon which it was once said that "the sun never sets," is now a mere shadow of its former glory.

The United States of America may not be far behind, as the ugly head of socialism rears its head, replacing our constitutional freedoms to a greater and greater extent. But for now, at least, we are the force with which to be reckoned--the one of which to be jealous--we are the source of power.

It is not, therefore, ours to be loved. Rather, it is ours to be respected, if for no other reason than our strength. That must be enough, for now. They will, no doubt, gloat when we fall, and perhaps when and if we are as weak as they, then they will love us. Doubtful? Who knows?

This is a fine book, psychoanalyzing our avowed enemies. and explaining how they got to be that way. I recommend it. John Gibson is the host of Fox News Channel's The Big Story.

God Bless America.

Joseph (Joe) Pierre, USN (Ret)

author of Handguns and Freedom...their care and maintenance
and other books
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