Why the World Hates America

In You Don’t Mess With the Zohan, Adam Sandler’s super-bad Mossad character is whacking Palestinian terrorists left and right when he pauses to wryly tell a gun-wielding goon, “Yes, I get it, you don’t like my country.”

A terrorist then launches into a Jimmy Carter-esqe yarn explaining how the Mideast situation not so black and white, detailing the nuances while whipping out a footlong blade to try to carve Sandler's Zohan into little pieces (with little success).

If Israel shaped its policies on how much the country is liked by others in the world, Israel would cease to exist. That’s a hard fact.

Most of us were taught way back in grammar school that doing the right thing is not always the popular thing. Hence, the 44-page report issued this week by for the House’s Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs seems like an utter waste of tree pulp.

“The Decline in America’s Reputation: Why?” is billed as the first in a three-part series, based on 10 hearings that mulled the deep, election-year, campaign-fodder question of why nobody likes us anymore. The report starts off by quoting poll statistics that are meant to alarm us, including an “unprecedented” 45 percent drop in favorable opinion toward the U.S. in Indonesia (where, this week, Ahmadiyah sect members became marked men, so to speak, after not being deemed Islamic enough in this country where hardline extremism is growing at an alarming rate) and “a 26-point increase in Europe of the view that U.S. leadership in world affairs is undesirable,” which is so important to consider because of that continent’s erstwhile contribution of pulling together thinking groups in the face of unrepentant evil.

The report notes that approval ratings are highest in non-Muslim Africa, perhaps because they’re not clouded by a pervading leftist intellectual school of thought or driving their decisions based on religion. They’ve seen the benefits of U.S. aid, as well. But as the report states that “disappointment and bitterness arise from the perception that the proclaimed American values of democracy, human rights, tolerance, and the rule of law have been selectively ignored,” how come sub-Saharan Africa isn’t likewise so bothered by this seemingly general and universal human-rights pain? Because it has to do with religion, and it has to do with the anything-goes leftism that has allowed dangerous clerics’ flocks to grow in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and other parts of Europe.