Tuesday, September 09, 2003

Why are we hated?

I've read quite a few articles and heard quite a few radio reports on why the United States is hated around the world.

The answer usually is something about supporting Israel or unilateralism or one or another of our real or alleged sins.

But I don't think that washes. In terms of our sins, I think we're no worse and a lot better than most countries.

I think the reason we are hated is the same reason Microsoft is hated. Yes, Microsoft has its faults. Yes, it has been a bully in the marketplace, but I'm not convinced that is has been any worse than a lot of other companies. I think the main reason it is hated is because it is big and powerful and rich.

And that's precisely why I think the United States is hated.

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