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The New Anti-Americanism A British Perspective
The History News Network ^ | December 27, 2004 | Mel Ayton

Posted on 02/10/2005 2:17:21 PM PST by quidnunc

With the impending inauguration of President George W. Bush many pro-American Frenchmen and Englishmen are bracing themselves for yet another round of anti-American sentiments expressed by their countries’ left-wing elites. Out of all the nations that make up the European Union it is Britain and France that harbor the most virulent of critics who believe the United States is, once more, steering a unilateralist path to Armageddon.

Although Tony Blair remains a popular Prime Minister there is a substantial minority in his party, mainly grassroots activists, who distrust and dislike him for his pro-American positions and his moderate Labour policies. Many resent the way in which his political life is heavily influenced by his Christian faith.

This small, but effective group of opinion-makers from the worlds of politics, entertainment, academia, the arts and the media (aided by their counterparts within the United States, eager to show the world Americans are not the xenophobic hyper-patriots they are portrayed in Europe) have reduced America to a nineteenth-century cartoon-like status - a monolith grasping at world dominance and empire. Few give a balanced opinion. Nearly all of the critics excuse the 9/11 attacks by implying the United States brought about the situation by its failure to give the Arab world its due respect.

During anti-war demonstrations in Britain left-wing marchers have unashamedly waved banners defending known terrorists, shouted abuse at American tourists and British pro-American supporters and described George Bush in terms usually reserved for serial killers. Banners decrying the attacks of 9/11 were nowhere to be seen. When Daniel Pearl was murdered there was no outcry from the left in Britain. Instead, leftist and liberal commentators concentrated their critical faculties on the treatment of Al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners at Gauntanamo.

Anti-Americanism in Europe is not a new phenomenon, although the present strain is more venomous in character and is embraced by the far left and far right equally. And it is a myth that the new resurgence of anti-Americanism began when George Bush invaded Iraq. It originated shortly after America was attacked by Al Qaeda terrorists. Following a "honeymoon period" when the world grieved with every American, opinion-makers in Britain and France decided that America should accept some blame for the tragedy.

Many Britons in the 1960s blamed the United States for risking a nuclear holocaust. During the Vietnam War many students used the anti-war marches to propagate Mao-style communism whose vocabulary was not far removed from that of present-day Iran in calling the United States the greatest evil in the world. Anti-Americanism has always been vicious and irrational but today it is masquerading as legitimate political discourse, quickly becoming the global ideology of the age.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: antiamericanism; worldopinion

1 posted on 02/10/2005 2:17:22 PM PST by quidnunc
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To: quidnunc
European elites?

Yawn.

2 posted on 02/10/2005 2:22:46 PM PST by GOPJ (Jacksonville and the NFL did us proud. Thanks for a great show.)
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To: quidnunc
Ask a Brit or a Frog if they speak German.

If they answer that they do not, say, "You're welcome."

3 posted on 02/10/2005 2:24:34 PM PST by brbethke
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To: brbethke

And ask an American who your greatest ally in Iraq and the world is and they will say Britain.

You are most welcome.


4 posted on 02/10/2005 2:28:32 PM PST by kingsurfer
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To: quidnunc
Imagine a world without America in it.

Now imagine a world without (any other country) in it.

5 posted on 02/10/2005 2:35:54 PM PST by Darkwolf377 ("Of the four wars in my lifetime none came about because the U.S. was too strong."-Ronald Reagan)
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To: quidnunc

Bigotry in any form discredits the one who practices it.

The United States of America elected Bill Clinton to be its president. Twice.

Does that mean that people who dislike Chinese imperialism should denounce the United States?

America's allies in Europe are besieged by a combination of coordinated disinformation and willful ignorance.

But there are many good people in Europe.

Should we abandon them because some of their neighbors are idiots?

If so, then we should abandon America as well.

Pithy sayings not withstanding, it is best to keep one's friends close.

We have a lot of friends in Europe -- people who aren't fooled by cheesy propaganda.

I say to them: thanks for standing by us, and I pray we will never do anything but the same.


6 posted on 02/10/2005 2:37:41 PM PST by Imal (Saluting SPC Taylor Burk, a genuine hero and true American. d. 1/26/2005)
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To: Darkwolf377

I we were to imagine a world without Britain, there would be no need to imagine a world without the US.


7 posted on 02/10/2005 2:39:43 PM PST by Axlrose
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To: Darkwolf377

If there was no Britain everyone would be French or Spanish.

If there were no Jews then the Bible would be a bit of a mystery.


8 posted on 02/10/2005 2:41:23 PM PST by kingsurfer
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To: Axlrose

We're talking when the US existed, as in NOW, not ancient history--kinda misses the point of imagining a world without a US if the US isn't around yet. The old "if WE never existed" cliche is fine, but it's not the issue, which is the US as lead by Bush, as in today.


9 posted on 02/10/2005 2:51:41 PM PST by Darkwolf377 ("Of the four wars in my lifetime none came about because the U.S. was too strong."-Ronald Reagan)
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To: kingsurfer

True but that's beside the point brought up on this thread--I'm talking NOW.


10 posted on 02/10/2005 2:52:26 PM PST by Darkwolf377 ("Of the four wars in my lifetime none came about because the U.S. was too strong."-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Darkwolf377

Well if France did not exist now things would have been easier.

If Britain did not exist you would have one less ally.

All countries hold relative importance.


11 posted on 02/10/2005 2:54:40 PM PST by kingsurfer
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To: quidnunc

Every time the US exercises its supreme military, political or economic might the loser socialist countries of Europe will go nuts because it shows how weak and irrelevant they are and that they absolutely cannot do anything about it but to talk and hate.


12 posted on 02/10/2005 2:54:54 PM PST by jveritas
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To: kingsurfer
And I thank you and greatly value your aid and friendship.

I meant nothing personal by my prior comment. It's just that in my day-to-day life, I run into an awful lot of -- how would you say it? -- ignorant bolshie gits from the U.K. It's gotten to the point where it's a surprise to meet a Brit who isn't one.

Good luck in your uphill struggle against socialism, sir!

13 posted on 02/10/2005 2:57:43 PM PST by brbethke
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To: quidnunc

"...substantial minority...small group" EU propaganda against the USA! Friends, don't let friends sell that lie to you. Don't let the EU rats play "good Euro, bad Euro" with your minds! There's a better piece than the following, BTW, that tells us that about as many Brits hate us all for re-electing our President. ...will see if I can find that one.

Most Indians say 'thumbs up' to second Bush term
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1325992/posts
"Among those nations with the most negative views were some of America's closest allies: Germany (77 percent), Britain (64 percent), and France (75 percent)." . . . "India was one of only two countries where a majority of participants (65 percent) said they felt better about Americans after the reelection of Bush. The other country was the Philippines, at 78 percent."


14 posted on 02/10/2005 3:05:50 PM PST by familyop ("If you disrespect women you are not allowed to wear a mohawk" (Feminist Creed).)
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To: brbethke

God Bless America from this Briton


15 posted on 02/10/2005 3:09:22 PM PST by pau1f0rd (a British citizen)
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To: familyop

"Most Indians say 'thumbs up' to second Bush term"

Oh yes indeed we are giving Mr Bushy the very very big thumbs up.

Thank you very muchly.


16 posted on 02/10/2005 3:15:49 PM PST by Mr. Patel
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To: kingsurfer
Of course. If France didn't exist now, Saddam would have one less helper. :)

If Britain did not exist, we'd have one less ally. We still could have done the job in Iraq, though with higher casualties, and perhaps a greater alliance with Australia, which has contributed greatly. In the absence of a Britain, US would have no ally close to Olde Europe, and might be in a greater conflict. Perhaps the US would then have to look elsewhere for a closest ally.

17 posted on 02/10/2005 3:30:46 PM PST by Darkwolf377 ("Of the four wars in my lifetime none came about because the U.S. was too strong."-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Mr. Patel

You have a Freepmail.


18 posted on 02/10/2005 3:31:25 PM PST by familyop ("If you disrespect women you are not allowed to wear a mohawk" (Feminist Creed).)
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To: Darkwolf377
Why did the British get involved in the War in Iraq? Why did other European nations get involved? If Iraq was only a threat to us. OR was Saddam's Iraq a threat to them too?

I am certainly not saying they should not have.


Just curiouse as to why. We all know why France and Germany didn't.
19 posted on 02/10/2005 3:46:45 PM PST by LauraleeBraswell (Forgive Russia, Ignore Germany, Punish France - Condoleezza Rice)
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To: quidnunc

{{Many resent the way in which his political life is heavily influenced by his Christian faith.}}

That's OK many of us Americans resent the way that radical Islam and European hatred is influenced by their faith (Islam).


20 posted on 02/10/2005 4:06:03 PM PST by JarheadFromFlorida (Ooorahhhh........Get Some! Semper Fi')
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To: quidnunc

Most of Europe, even France and Germany is not anti-American.
But they violently anti-single-superpover.
And here is the conflict comes. If the superpower keep telling them who they should do business with, then the balance wil tip against the superpower however big sentiments they have for the American way of life, the movies, songs Coca-Cola and so on....

This is more about dignity than politics.

Then there is a fear factor too...

Logically, what would stop the US doing whatever it wants regardless who is its ally, or friends?


So that's why the europeans prefer a multipolar world.

Not a suprise, the chair did not even cooled out after Condi Rice left Brussels, the EU signalled that they are ready to lift the arms embargo on China...


21 posted on 02/10/2005 4:42:14 PM PST by bozot
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"During anti-war demonstrations in Britain left-wing marchers have unashamedly waved banners defending known terrorists ...."

... while the remaining 59.4 million other Brits quietly got on with living their lives.


22 posted on 02/10/2005 5:31:47 PM PST by Glyndwr4Cymru
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To: LauraleeBraswell
Why did the British get involved in the War in Iraq

We got involved because our own Intelligence said thet Iraq posed an imminent threat to us and our allies, and because we were fed up with Saddams's games, and because America was going in too.
23 posted on 02/11/2005 3:34:00 AM PST by pau1f0rd (a British citizen)
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To: Imal
America's allies in Europe are besieged by a combination of coordinated disinformation and willful ignorance.

It would be difficult to overstate the damage that has been done to the image of America overseas by just one entity: CNN International. Whenever I hear someone outside the US make a statement about us which they think is factual but which I know to be either false or a gross distortion, I ask them what they use as their main source of information about what is going on in America. Invariably, they cite CNN.

Many folks in Europe honestly believed that Bill Clinton was one of the most poplar presidents in our history (never elected with more than 49 % of any vote and one of only two to be impeached), the rate of violent crime in America is at an all time high (actually lower than twenty years ago, and on a per capita basis lower than in Britain), or that GWB had no possible chance to be reelected (when I was asked during the past year who I thought would win the election and would answer simply "Bush" people were genuinely astonished).

It was not always like this and I personally peg the change to the spread of CNN since the mid to late 1980's.

24 posted on 02/11/2005 4:04:04 AM PST by katana
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To: pau1f0rd


So Iraq was everyone's problem. Not just the USA's.


25 posted on 02/11/2005 5:47:57 AM PST by LauraleeBraswell (Forgive Russia, Ignore Germany, Punish France - Condoleezza Rice)
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To: LauraleeBraswell
So Iraq was everyone's problem. Not just the USA's.

Well, I think the world was generally united in believing him to be a problem, yes. The history of UN votes against Saddam showed that.
26 posted on 02/11/2005 7:38:59 AM PST by pau1f0rd (a British citizen)
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To: Mr. Patel
I am thinking, Mr. Patel, that you were canine in previous existences, now advanced to human form by wheel of karma.

"Parting is such sweet sorrow," as heaven-born playwright has famously expounded.

27 posted on 02/11/2005 8:53:19 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

Noooooooooooooo!

I'd just managed to haggle a price for cheap baked beans!


28 posted on 02/11/2005 9:10:55 AM PST by Slipperduke (Stuck in a strip-lit hellhole, but not for long...)
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To: Slipperduke

Baked beans? Is that what Mrs Slipperduke really believes?


29 posted on 02/11/2005 12:40:53 PM PST by flitton
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