23 June 2007

European Anti-Americanism--A Study in Media Bigotry

This video gives a fascinating glimpse into Euro-media instigated anti-American attitudes in Europe. Even though the US saved Europe three times in the 20th century from hot and cold wars, and continues to provide an expensive defensive umbrella over all of Europe, European media continues to successfully promote anti-Americanism among Europeans.

The American media has not covered this rather egregious display of Euro-media bigotry, but published book accounts and blog accounts describing the bias are common.

Much more at David's Medienkritik

It is sad to see a continent turning on a nation that has spilled so much blood to protect its freedoms. What is so perverse about this media-inspired and driven hatred of America, is the imminent threat to Europe from another direction altogether--Islamist jihad and imperialist supremacy. If the Europeans do not wake up to this threat, and stop wasting so much time and energy generating imaginary phantom threats from across the Atlantic, there may not be a free Europe for many decades longer.

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Blogger Roko said...

As a European with a lot of left-wing family and friends I can confirm this. There is a large anti-American feeling over here in the UK, but I think that at least some of it is based in rationality. For example, torturing people is not great, and president bush is hardly a model leader.

I do agree that people tend to miss the big picture: America is the nicest superpower there has ever been and is a tremendously positive influence on the world.

People tend to pick on the small mistakes that America, as a country, has made whilst ignoring it's larger successes.

Sunday, 24 June, 2007  
Blogger al fin said...

Interesting, thanks.

The rise of America was one result of the self-immolation of Europe up to and through the 20th century. I suppose there are European journalists who wish to blame that series of internecine catastrophes on George Bush and the US.

Current anti-Americanism can probably best be seen as a frantic diversion from the desperate genuine problems that Europe faces.

One can only hope that it is not too late for Europe to wake up.

Sunday, 24 June, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Even though the US saved Europe three times in the 20th century from hot and cold wars"

Sorry, but America did no such thing.

In 1917 the European powers were worn out and would have had to negotiate an acceptable peace had America not decided to join the war. By doing so it allowed the war to continue another year, which resulted in the deaths of millions, the total defeat of Germany and the Russian Revolution.

The former, and the punitive restitution demanded, led directly to World War Two. The latter, plus British and American support of Stalin during World War Two, led to the Cold War, and that led even to the current 'War' with al Qaeda.

So no, America didn't 'save Europe'; without American interference in WWI, we might have avoided the Soviet Union, the Nazis, the Holocaust and 9/11. Certainly wars between colonial European powers would have been highly likely simply as a result of those colonial policies, but not on the same scale that we actually saw.

Tuesday, 26 June, 2007  
Blogger al fin said...

AA, that is a very imaginative revisionist scenario. It reminds me of Harry Turtledove.

Was all of that your idea, or did you take it from another source?

It certainly does not jibe with the reading I have done, or the personal interviews I have had with people who lived through that era. Not many of them left, so you are probably safe.

Wednesday, 27 June, 2007  

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