4 responses to “WHY DO THEY HATE AMERICA?”

  1. Gigi Cole

    I believe the old adage that there is going to be war until the end….When isaac and Ishmael split and there became 2 nations…The Judeo Christian nation and the Islamic nation….they will war until the end of time ..per the Bible and i believe that.

  2. Lowell Anderson

    I have read and heard some interesting thought on A National Strategic Narrative offered by Captain Wayne Porter and Colonel Mark Mykleby , both on special assignment to Admiral Michael Mullin, then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. They proposed this narrative in 2011 under the pseudonym of Mr. Y which is reminiscent of the X article in 1946 which galvanized the last Strategic Imperative. That strategy of Containment was once appropriate but is dated and we are well beyond its relevance. They make several points related to a question of Why do they hate us?
    Colonel Mykleby (special ops Marine) during one of his talks shares some very poignant insight about our allies. In his story he tells of a conversation with our largest/best ally in Africa. He spoke with him of the desire for the US Military to have a larger presence in west Africa. The ally responded by asking- who will you invade? The colonel goes on to speak about how most of the world views us today.
    Much of what we are informed by in our culture today about the world is framed in the political context of them and us. One major change that this conversation around the Strategic Imperative hopes to achieve is moving from a complex array of Threat and Risk into one of Opportunities for Prosperity.He goes on to discuss the need for our country to close the Say/Do gap and has a wonderful insight into the implications of being a citizen as opposed to a mere resident. Within all that there is insight as to why they might hate us.
    One has to define what the blogger might specifically mean by the terms “they” and “us”. Does “us” refer to good US Citizens? LA

  3. Lowell Anderson

    Of all that I’ve heard that crazy week with the overwhelming media coverage, what stays in my mind was the emotional interview with the suspects uncle.
    He was concerned for his nephew’s safety trying to convince him to give himself up. He was heard to be angry with his nephews.He used the word shame.
    Shame that they brought upon the family
    Shame that they brought on their ethnicity.
    He was disappointed in their father, his brother
    He hinted that he had fallen short as an uncle as well
    Separation was present, the family suffered and scattered
    The family was barely present
    I trust his insight and judgement of the situation
    I think you start there

    In American history, every wave of immigration has been disruptive, always difficult and as it turns out always beneficial. When people immigrate they bring with them what matters most; their beliefs, their family and ethnicity. How well citizenship blends with religion, family and ethnicity relates to social trust, education, economic pressure and it doesn’t happen overnight. In some ways the beauty of the melting pot is similar to politicians making sausage.

    In American history there has existed examples of hate groups going back to before the KKK. This is nothing new although the numbers of domestic groups has recently grown. One need not look hard for other examples in history. We didn’t use the term terrorist back then. Why we now label these terrorist groups with defining adjectives like liberal and conservative is beyond me. The Boston bombing brought with it another example of terrorism. Consider also the Westboro Baptist Church which picketed the funeral of a victim of the Boston bombings. This is a form of protest protected by the Supreme Court. One might ask again , why do “they” hate “us” still?.

    I think it would be too simplistic to lay the blame at the feet of educators. We have all had experiences with good professors and some “not as good” professors. Some leaning this way or that. I think what is being taught continues to reflects the stature that American higher education has held since it surpassed Germany, before I was born. I don’t know that hatred is taught anymore in education or religion than in our respective professions, or journalism , or political science. I do realize that in our culture those involved with higher education are low hanging fruit for some political ideologies/agendas.

    As one wrote, especially at a time of national tragedy we have to remember that one of the most valuable characteristics of a society is trust. When that sense of trust in the world around us is challenged, a broad range of emotions follow.
    Incredible stress, to anxiety, to amazement to pride.
    We hear surprising statements from people we thought we knew
    The horror of what happened is revisited over and over
    The examples of compassionate support to all affected
    Those are the emotions surrounding grieving and reflection
    Experiences like these naturally lead people to be more circumspect about the choices we make,
    We scrutinize and search
    This introspection makes us very uncomfortable
    Blame in turn can be handy
    It can save us from he pain and work of too much reflecting

    Part of the conversation that Colonel Mykelby has begun relates to citizenship. How is a citizen different from a resident or constituent. He provides informed definitions from the Constitution.
    He also deals with the topic of education as a cornerstone to the National Strategic Imperative. It is a very challenging conversation that they have begun and has generated a lot of discussion.

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