Why Does Much Of The World Hate America?

As our nation celebrates its two hundred and thirty-sixth year of existence today, I would like to raise the question that no one seems to want to address; that being why does seemingly most of the world hate America?  No, it isn’t that they hate our freedom, as President George W. Bush opined about the Taliban and al-Qaeda not long after the atrocious attack of September 11, 2001.  This is evident by the wave of legal immigrants coming to our country every year.  It is our imperialistic attitude, numerous military interventions and foreign policies as set forth by our federal government that has many nations and its citizens resenting us.  It is our point of view that the only concern that matters most is what is in the best interest of America, the rest of the world be damned.  I know many Americans will not agree with me regarding the content of this opinion piece, that many might even call me un-American (I served my country as a Petty Officer Second Class aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-61) as a weatherman during the late 1970s which allowed me to graduate from The Ohio State University via the G.I. Bill) and a few ignorant souls might even issue death threats, however facts are facts.  Contrary to America’s long held belief, the whole world does not revolve around us, much to our chagrin.

Be it the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979 or the horrendous attack of September 11th, America still has yet to learn that our foreign policy always has consequences, many times dire.  I do not support what Osama bin Laden did on September 11th and I am not saying that we deserved it; however, I know just enough to understand that for every action there is a reaction.  Bin Laden stated during an interview that the reason he attacked America was because we left our military stationed in Saudi Arabia, the most holy of land in the Islamic religion, after the first Gulf War ended, which it just so happens is a very common practice.  We still have 50,000 troops stationed along the 38th parallel in Korea, sixty years after that war ended, for Pete’s sake.  We have numerous military bases located throughout Europe fifty years after World War II ended, for crying out loud.

We are following down the same destructive path suffered by the former Soviet Union in that we are bankrupting ourselves with our countless military endeavors, all the while our country is falling apart at the seams of everyday life.  With an annual defense budget of nearly $900 billion, we spend nearly as much on our military as the rest of the world combined.  When combined with intelligence, we spend nearly $1.5 trillion on defense and intelligence related expenditures every year.  Moreover, this does not include America’s new ultra top-secret intelligence budget.  Since September 11th, our government has built up such a top-secret network of intelligence agencies that no one knows how much it cost, how many it employs or how many agencies it runs.  The defense budget itself has nearly doubled since 2000, yet presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is calling for an increase in defense spending of more than fifty percent, which would add another five trillion dollars over the next ten years to our burgeoning national debt.  It is long past time to bring all our troops home from foreign shores.

In my writings over the past decade, I often quote President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who in his January 17, 1961 farewell address to the nation, warned the country to beware of the mighty military-industrial complex.  President Eisenhower stated that “…we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.  The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”  Coming from a five-star general, many who credit for winning World War II, America should have listened.  As a business model, the military-industrial complex remains in business and profitable only via the costly aspects of war.

America also has a very long history of backing brutal, murderous dictators and despots throughout the world.  The following is a partial list of ruthless tyrants that the United States has supported, financed, placed or kept in power during the past century:

President/King/Emperor/Despot         Country          Years In Power
Abdul Ibn Hussein I         Jordan         1952-1999
Alberto Fujimori         Peru         1990-2000
Alfredo Felix Cristiani Bukard         El Salvador         1989-1994
Anastasio Somoza Debayle         Nicaragua         1967-1972, 1974-1979
Anastasio Somoza Garcia         Nicaragua         1937-1947, 1950-1956
Antonio Salazar De Oliveira         Portugal         1928-1968
Anwar El-Sadat         Egypt         1970-1981
Askar Akayev         Kyrgyzstan         1990-2005
Bao Dai         Vietnam         1926-1945
Carlos Prio Socarras         Cuba         1948-1952
Chiang Kai-Shek         China         1928-1949
Chiang Kai-Shek         Taiwan         1949-1975
Chiang Ching-Kuo         Taiwan         1975-1988
Colonel Arturo Armando Molina Barraza         El Salvador         1972-1977
Colonel Carlos Arana Osorio         Guatemala         1970-1974
Colonel Carlos Enrique Castillo Armas         Guatemala         1954-1957
Colonel Enrique Peralta Azurdia         Guatemala         1963-1966
Colonel Georgios Papadopoulos         Greece         1967-1973
Colonel Marcos Perez Jimenez         Venezuela         1950-1958
Colonel Osmin Aguirre Y Salinas         El Salvador         1944-1945
Colonel Oswaldo Lopez Arellano         Honduras         1963-1975
Daniel Arap Moi         Kenya         1978-2002
Deng Xiaoping         China         1978-1992
Dr. Getulio Vargas         Brazil         1930-1945, 1951-1954
Fahd Ibn Abdu-Aziz Al Saud         Saudi Arabia         1982-2005
Ferdinand Marcos         Philippines         1965-1986
Emomali Rahmonov         Tajikistan         1992-Present
Field Marshall Muhammad Ayub Khan         Pakistan         1958-1969
Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn         Thailand         1957-1958, 1963-1973
Felix Houphouet-Boigny         Ivory Coast         1960-1993
Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier         Haiti         1957-1971
Fulgencio Batista         Cuba         1933-1944, 1952-1959
General Agha Muhammad Yahya Khan         Pakistan         1969-1971
General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte         Chile         1973-1990
General Alfredo Stroessner         Paraguay         1954-1989
General Chun Doo Hwan         South Korea         1980-1988
General Fernando Romeo Lucas Garcia         Guatemala         1978-1982
General Francisco Franco         Spain         1939-1975
General Hugo Banzer Suarez         Bolivia         1971-1978
General Humberto De Alencar Branco         Brazil         1964-1967
General Ibrahim Babangida         Nigeria         1985-1993
General Jorge Rafael Videla         Argentina         1976-1981
General Jorge Ubico Castaneda         Guatemala         1931-1944
General Efrain Rios Montt         Guatemala         1982-1983
General Jose Miguel Ydigoras Fuentes         Guatemala         1958-1963
General Lon Nol         Cambodia         1970-1975
General Mohamed Suharto         Indonesia         1966-1998
General Mohammed Yahya Khan         Pakistan         1969-1971
General Mohammad Zia Ul-Haq         Pakistan         1971-1988
General Manuel Antonio Morena Noriega         Panama         1982-1989
General Maximiliano Hernandez Martinez         El Salvador         1931-1944
General Nguyen Khanh         South Vietnam          1964-1965
General Nguyen Van Thieu         South Vietnam         1967-1975
General Omar Herrera-Torrijos         Panama         1969-1981
General Park Chung Hee         South Korea         1962-1979
General Rene Barrientos Ortuno         Bolivia         1964-1969
General Samuel Doe         Liberia         1986-1990
General Sani Abacha         Nigeria         1993-1998
General Sitiveni Rabuka         Fiji         1987-1999
Gerardo Machado Morales         Cuba         1925-1933
Gnassingbe Etienne Eyadema         Togo         1967-2005
Haile Selassie         Ethiopia        1928-1974
Hassan II         Morocco         1961-1999
Hastings Kamuzu Banda         Malawi         1966-1994
Hosni Mubarak         Egypt         1918-2011
Ian Smith         Rhodesia         1965-1979
Idi Amin         Uganda         1971-1979
Islam A. Karimov         Uzbekistan         1990-Present
Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier         Haiti         1971-1986
King Fahd Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud         Saudi Arabia         1982-2005
Laurent-Desire Kabila         Republic Of Congo         1997-2001
Lee Kuan Yew         Singapore         1959-1990
Manuel Estrada Cabrera         Guatemala         1898-1920
Marco Vinicio Cerezo Aarevalo         Guatemala         1986-1991
Marshal Luang Pibul Songgram         Thailand         1948-1957
Mobutu Sese Seko         Zaire         1965-1997
Mohammed Reza Pahlavi         Iran         1941-1979
Mohamed Siad Barre         Somalia         1969-1991
Muhammed Zia-Ul-Haq         Pakistan         1978-1988
Ngo Dinh Diem         South Vietnam         1955-1963
Nguyen Cao Ky         South Vietnam         1965-1967
Nursultan Nazarbayev         Kazakhstan         1990-Present
Pervez Musharraf         Pakistan         1999-2008
Pieter Willem Botha         South Africa         1978-1989
Pol Pot         Cambodia         1975-1979
Roberto Suazo Cordova         Honduras         1982-1986
Rafael Leonidas Trujillo         Dominican Republic         1930-1961
Raoul Cedras         Haiti         1991-1994
Saddam Hussein         Iraq         1979-2003
Samuel Kanyon Doe         Liberia         1980-1990
Saparmurad Atayevich Niyazov         Turkmenistan         1990-2006
Sheik Jabir Al-Ahmad Al Sabah         Kuwait         1977-2006
Sultan Muda Hassanal Bolkiah         Brunei         1967-Present
Syngman Rhee         South Korea         1948-1960
Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo         Equatorial Guinea         1979-Present
Tiburcio Carias Andino         Honduras         1932-1948
Turgut Ozal         Turkey         1983-1993
Zine El Abidine Ben Ali         Tusisia         1987-2011
William J.S. Tubman         Liberia         1944-1971

Titans of American industry even supported Adolf Hitler after he rose to power in Nazi Germany in 1933.  Ford built Hitler’s trucks.  General Motors built his tanks.  Standard Oil supplied fuel and oil, and the speculation is that they did so up until 1944, two years after America declared war with Germany on December 11, 1941.  Prescott Bush, President George W. Bush’s grandfather and a future congressman from Connecticut was a partner with the firm Brown Brothers Harriman and was a director with the Union Banking Corporation, both banking institutions that were involved in the financial matters of German industrialist Fritz Thyssen.  In July of 1942, Union Banking Corporation was suspected of holding gold on behalf of several Nazi leaders.  Although a government investigation found Union Banking innocent of these charges, the United States did seize control over the assets of the bank under the accusation of trading with the enemy and held their assets for the duration of the war.

With a list this long of 20th century dictators who most likely remained in power due to the influence and backing of our federal government and military, is there any wonder why America is so despised throughout the world?

Steven H. Spring







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