Jewish World Review August 18, 2004 / 1 Elul, 5764

Michael Medved

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Anti-Americanism didn't begin with Bush and won't end with a President Kerry | In his Presidential campaign, John Kerry promises single-handedly to rebuild the worldwide popularity of the United States. In so doing, he ignores the true depth of anti-American fanaticism.

A June poll of Canadian teenagers shows over 40 percent who describe the United States as "evil" — a number that rises to 64% for French Canadians. If so many youngsters in our neighbor to the north see America as "evil" — not just imperfect or misguided — it's unrealistic to expect that a simple change of presidential leadership will alter perceptions of the very nature of our society.

In fact, anti-Americanism didn't begin with Bush and it won't end if Bush leaves office.

Nearly fifty years ago, Venezuelan leftists attacked Vice President Nixon with rocks, and Reagan's anti-Communist policies drew millions of protestors to European streets.

As the dominant power on earth — militarily, economically and culturally — we'll always draw resentment from lesser nations, even if John Kerry wins the White House.

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JWR contributor, author and film critic Michael Medved hosts a daily three-hour radio talk show broadcast in more than 120 cities throughout the United States. His latest book, written together with his wife, is Saving Childhood : Protecting Our Children from the National Assault on Innocence . You may contact him by clicking here.

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