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