Saturday, April 30, 2005

National Review Online - VDH - On Being Disliked

Victor Davis Hansen on America being disliked and why we shouldn't worry about it:
National Review Online ( "America should not gratuitously welcome such dislike; but we should not apologize for it either. Sometimes the caliber of a nation is found not in why it is liked, but rather in why it is not. By January 1, 1941, I suppose a majority on the planet — the Soviet Union, all of Eastern Europe, France, Italy, Spain, and even many elsewhere in occupied Europe, most of Latin America, Japan and its Asian empire, the entire Arab world, many in India — would have professed a marked preference for Hitler's Germany over Churchill's England.

Think about it. When Europe orders all American troops out; when Japan claims our textbooks whitewash the Japanese forced internment or Hiroshima; when China cites unfair trade with the United States; when South Korea says get the hell off our DMZ; when India complains that we are dumping outsourced jobs on them; when Egypt, Jordan, and the Palestinians refuse cash aid; when Canada complains that we are not carrying our weight in collective North American defense; when the United Nations moves to Damascus; when the Arab Street seethes that we are pushing theocrats and autocrats down its throat; when Mexico builds a fence to keep us out; when Latin America proclaims a boycott of the culturally imperialistic Major Leagues; and when the world ignores American books, films, and popular culture, then perhaps we should be worried. But something tells me none of that is going to happen in this lifetime."


  • Hi. I got here from the Langa newsletter.
    I checked out the article you are quoting from.
    I truly hope that most Americans do not feel that everyone hates them as the article indicated.
    As a Canadian I don't dislike Americans.Neither do most Canadians. We don't always agree with your actions but neither do any friends always agree with each other.
    Anyways, I may have misread the tone of the article and the post and if that's the case then I apologize.
    Hope you have a great day.

    By Blogger happyandblue2, at 6:38 AM  

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