I’ve posted a comment
on Roger Simon’s blog about anti-American hate-mongering. Anti-American bigotry is nothing new and has been documented by Jean Francois Revel in his book Anti-Americanism
. This hate, of course, says something about them, not us. Here’s what I wrote on Roger’s blog:
One is tempted to dismiss European anti-Americanism as a distasteful remnant of the tradition of prejudice common among Europeans. After all, unlike the Jews, we are not powerless; this hate doesn’t seem as ominous as the anti-Semitism of the 1930s. And the Europeans feel smug in their hatred since the multi-racial country they hate, America, exempts them from the racist label. However, such hate still corrodes the soul; continental Europe is sick.
The dangerous part is that sickness is contagious. Far from innocuous, hatred creates an environment where vicious acts are possible. Fueled by European hate-ideology, dictators and court intellectuals of third-world countries scapegoat America for the intrinsic failures of their own culture. One week before 9/11, this hate reached a climax in the UN sponsored conference in Durban, South Africa.
It is this kind of hate that makes 9/11 possible and acceptable. I've accused the UN of playing a key role in creating this atmosphere of hate. We are far too polite in confronting the hate-mongers when we are the objects of hate. It's time we got some moral backbone and responded with the righteous indignation this hate-movement deserves.