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Reader comment on item: [Symposium:] Why Does the World Hate America?

Submitted by Glen Pearce (United Kingdom), Jun 9, 2007 at 21:52

To be honest, after reading your long string of comments, it's obvious to me that people dislike america because they are ignorant of the world outside them.

It is mainly america who harps on endlessly about freedom, about patriotism and so on. In europe we have a long history of these freedoms and liberties. They are second nature, we are simply used to them.
I'm interested what American's think freedom is?

With regard to comments over Canadian gun control. You can own firearms. It isn't impossible. They are extremely popular and there is thriving gun culture. But if you delve a little deeper you might also notice that gun crime is also significantly lower in canada than the US.

In my own personal opinion, gun control of some extent is just sensible. You don't freely arm your populace with assault weapons and expect things to be fine. It's not about freedom, it's about saving lives and improving societies.

With regard to global warming: We've been burning fossil fuels for over 250 years. What's so hard to believe?

As to all of this WW2 political stuff, if you really explore the allies' involvement i don't think anyone will dispute that america's entrance wasn't key. But to just ignore or claim some sort of 'victory' over europe flying in the face of the massive sacrifices made by the allied europeans, is nothing short of insulting.
Let's not forget that the decline of the old european nations starting after WW1 would have created a power vacuum that the untouched United states would have exploited (understandably so).

Yes, America is a great country. What has made it a great country is also turning much of the world's population against it. Isolation.


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