Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A European Challenge to anti-Americanism

Joseph Loconte writes:

For the better part of a decade, pollsters, pundits, and politicians have beaten the drums of anti-Americanism with a flamboyance that would rival Big Band legends Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. Last week, however, America’s friends from across the Atlantic announced an initiative to pound back.

A group of British conservatives has launched America in the World, a London-based international alliance to combat anti-Americanism. Armed with briefings, polling data, policy analysis, and high-level political endorsements, America in the World seeks to become the most important fact-driven resource for people willing to entertain the case against anti-Americanism. The effort is the brainchild of Tim Montgomerie, founder and editor of the influential political website ConservativeHome, and Stephan Shakespeare, the founder of YouGov, a prestigious opinion-polling company in Britain.

There are many reasons for the growth of anti-Americanism, some of them—such as the fiasco at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq—painfully self-inflicted. Yet surely an important cause is that there’s no shortage of ideologues and demagogues who simply despise the “American Creed,” i.e., the nation’s commitment to the inalienable rights of self-government, freedom of expression, and freedom of religion. One of the aims of America in the World is to explain to skeptical audiences how these democratic ideals influence U.S. policies. Another aim is to explode urban myths about American culture and U.S. foreign policy that run rampant in Europe, the Middle East, and elsewhere.

There are some very interesting and provocative facts here, in the rest of the article.

Surprise, surprise. The USA is not such a demon after all.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting. I once ran into a lady in Germany who insisted that American kids had to wear bullet proof vests to school.

    My assurances that did not happen were unsatisfactory. I think it actually originated from an episode of 21 Jumpstreet, but who cares about the difference between fact and fiction. The fiction fit so much better with the stereotype.


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