Why do they hate us?

A must-read piece appears in Sunday’s Washington Post. It’s written by Muslin writer Mohsin Hamid. During a recent trip to Dallas, a man in a bookstore asked Hamid, “Why do they hate us?” The Dallas man was asking why the Islamic world hates the United States so much. The rest of the article is an answer to that question. The answer boils down to this:

“But there is another major reason for anti-Americanism: the accreted residue of many years of U.S. foreign policies. These policies are unknown to most Americans. They form only minor footnotes in U.S. history. But they are the chapter titles of the histories of other countries, where they have had enormous consequences. America’s strength has made it a sort of Gulliver in world affairs: By wiggling its toes it can, often inadvertently, break the arm of a Lilliputian.”

I would have to agree that most Americans have little to no knowledge of what is going on in world affairs, much less the profound ways in which the American behemoth affects the destinies of distant places. I don’t believe that America is an empire (I’ll post on that topic tomorrow), but that doesn’t diminish its responsibility as the world’s lone superpower. With great power comes great responsibility. As citizens who elect their government, that is a responsibility that falls to us.

Please take time to read Hamid’s entire piece:

“Why do they hate us?” – by Mohsin Hamid (Washington Post)

(HT: Harrison Scott Key)

4 Responses to Why do they hate us?

  1. Jason July 23, 2007 at 4:35 pm #

    Denny, pulling out the Spider-man quotes.

  2. dennyrburk July 23, 2007 at 5:04 pm #

    Jason,

    I was wondering if anyone would notice that!

    Thanks,
    Denny

  3. GUNNY HARTMAN July 23, 2007 at 7:49 pm #

    That is our curse.

    Uh … I heard differently than what Hamid is saying.

    I heard they hate us because of our freedom.

    Sir, this is a very difficult time for our country right now.

    Any way, keep up the good work. If you ever quit blogging, the terrorists have already won.

  4. Barry July 23, 2007 at 11:46 pm #

    Great piece, bro. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

    Barry

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