Defending the US against all odds
Yankee-bashing the in-thing
PERHAPS IT’S MY AGE but there are a number of matters about which I’m becoming quite weary.
For example, I’m very weary of people who hate the United States of America, and given how widespread is this hatred, I have much about which to be weary. At dinner tables, wherever they are, I’m almost always a minority of one defending the US against attack.
Further, it’s all so puzzling. Never in history can there have been a superpower of such benignity as the US. It’s never been a colonial power in the political sense that characterised the British, French, Portuguese, Belgian, Dutch and other colonial actors of recent history seeking territory and resources and placing locals under their rule.
In modern history, great powers such as Hitler’s Nazi Germany, Stalin’s Soviet Union and Mao’s China killed at least 100m innocents in their pursuit of plunder and domination. But all this is forgotten in the rush to condemn America.
Further back in history, there are plenty of examples of brutal forms of colonisation. In the mists of time, about 6500BC, there’s evidence that hunter-gatherers attacked those who had pursued a more settled form of living to steal from them the surpluses they had stored.
Islam conducted Jihad across the known world and, as recorded in Cassell’s World History of Warfare (Cassell 2003), “...within about one hundred years of Muhammad’s death, the Arabs had created an empire through conquest that rivalled those of Persia and Rome.”
According to the authors of Cassell’s History, the “...previous feuding of Arab tribes was channelled into a communal obligation to perform Jihad, or holy war, not to convert unbelievers but to achieve the universal domination of Islam.”
An al-Qaeda leader, Maulana Inyadullah, speaking after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, told London’s Daily Telegraph: “The Americans love Pespi-Cola, we love death.”
In his new book, America Alone (Regnery Publishing, 2006), the commentator Mark Steyn gives a fine example of how Western apologists echo the likes of Maulana Inyadullah when he quotes the British novelist, Margaret Drabble: “I detest Coca-Cola, I detest burgers, I detest sentimental and violent Hollywood movies that tell lies about history. I detest American imperialism, American infantilism, and American triumphalism about victories it didn’t even win.”
One wonders if Ms Drabble would be quite so free to air her views had America not rescued Europe and Britain from the fate Hitler had in mind for them. One also wonders if Japan would today be the great democratic power it is had not Harry Truman overthrown its Imperial Army.
One also wonders if South Korea would enjoy the freedom and prosperity it does, had not America protected it from communism.
One also wonders why it is that the US dominates the Nobel Prize lists and why millions of people from around the world are desperate to enter a country demonised as The Great Satan.
Steyn sums it up: “All dominant powers are hated – Britain was, and Rome – but they’re usually hated for the right reasons. The fanatical Muslims despise America because it’s all lap dancing and gay porn; the secular Europeans despise America because it’s all born-again Christians hung up on abortion; the anti-Semites despise America because it’s controlled by Jews. Too Jewish, too Christian, too godless, America is George Orwell’s Room 101: whatever your bugbear, you’ll find it therein; whatever you’re against, America is the prime example of it.”