Jun 15, 2004
This is what happens…
When you give the whole world the finger for two years in a row.
Washington Post “World Opinion Roundup”:The unexpected eruption of anti-American rage among young Iraqi men swarming to the site of a suicide bombing in downtown Baghdad Monday is no isolated incident. Rather, Iraq can be seen as the violent epicenter of a slow-motion earthquake of anti-Americanism with tremors felt thousands of miles away in countries once known for their American sympathies.
The results have been all over the international online media in recent weeks.
From Canada to Australia to South Korea, anti-American feelings are driving political debate and shaping decisions about military alliances with the United States. Where critics of Washington were once marginal, now they are mainstream. Where cooperation with the United States was once a matter of consensus, now there is controversy.
The recent U.S. decision to cut drastically its military presence in South Korea is a response to anti-Americanism, say many Korean observers. Australia’s next prime minister may break with U.S. foreign policy by withdrawing that country’s troops from Iraq.
Democrats supported multilateralism and respect for our allies because they are a source of our strength. Now we see what the rabid right has brought upon us with their insistence that multilateralism is weakness. As “former senior military commanders and 20 former U.S. ambassadors, many of whom were appointed or served in Republican administrations” have said in urging Bush’s defeat,“We are on the wrong track, and we need a fundamental change.”
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