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Hating America

November 23, 2001 • Volume 11, Issue 41
Are U.S. policies too heavy-handed?
By Mary H. Cooper

Introduction

Protesters burn a U.S. flag in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Oct. 8, after U.S. and British bombers attacked Taliban strongholds in Afghanistan in retaliation for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.  (Getty Images/Chris Hondros)
Protesters burn a U.S. flag in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Oct. 8, after U.S. and British bombers attacked Taliban strongholds in Afghanistan in retaliation for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. (Getty Images/Chris Hondros)

The United States has faced international criticism, even condemnation, for actions ranging from the Vietnam War to aid for Israel and support of globalization. The nation's superpower status and decadent image only intensifies the disapproval. In recent years, however, anti-U.S. sentiment often has turned violent. Several deadly terrorist attacks by radical Islamic fundamentalists have targeted American citizens and interests. But the hatred reached a new intensity with the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing nearly 5,000 people and demolishing global symbols of American economic might. Now, even as the United States and its allies seek to destroy Osama bin Laden's terrorist network, critics are questioning America's sensitivity to the concerns of the Islamic world and beyond.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
America's Image Abroad
Jul. 23, 2010  America at WarUpdated
Mar. 2007  Anti-Americanism
Feb. 02, 2007  Rethinking Foreign Policy
Nov. 23, 2001  Hating America
Sep. 11, 1981  America's Information Effort Abroad
Apr. 13, 1964  Anti-Americanism Abroad
Apr. 26, 1961  American Propaganda in Foreign Countries
Jul. 03, 1957  Anti-Americanism and Soldiers Overseas
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Regional Political Affairs: Middle East and South Asia
Terrorism and Counterterrorism
U.S. at War: Afghanistan
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