Ever since the tragic incident of 9/11 and even before that Americans have wondered why people around the world hate their country so much. For the most part a large portion of the American population is too naive or too nationalistic to realize what United States has done in order to achieve its own glory.
Seumas Milne, a British journalist and political aide explained it accurately back in 2001, he wrote:
“Shock, rage and grief there has been aplenty. But any glimmer of recognition of why people might have been driven to carry out such atrocities, sacrificing their own lives in the process – or why the United States is hated with such bitterness, not only in Arab and Muslim countries, but across the developing world – seems almost entirely absent.”
Americans themselves have their own ideas of who are the nations that hate them and why they hate them. According to a Gallup survey the people of United States were asked to name their greatest enemy, 26% of the people said it was Iran, 21% said Iraq while 18% of the people said it was North Korea. Gallup’s Centre for Muslim Studies also did a poll and it revealed that 52% of Iranians have anti-American feelings which is significantly more than other countries like Jordan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
From its foreign policy to is support of ruthless military dictators instead of democratic regimes, United States has caused much pain and suffering globally. As a result the entire world feels resentment and anger towards the United States.
1. US treats Middle East countries like pawns
Throughout history powerful nations have used other countries like pawns in a chess game and it is true for United States also. For example US and the British toppled the government of democratic ruler of Iran in 1953 because he had nationalised oil industry owned by Britain. The United States fully backed the shah of Iran ignoring his human rights abuses and giving him military hardware and aid.
In Iraq we know that Saddam Hussein was once a friend of United States during its eight year war with Iran. He was secretly given intelligence to have a military advantage over Iran, even his use of chemical weapons against Iran and Kurds was ignored. Saddam Hussain later attacked Kuwait and United States decided to attack Iraq and defeated Saddam’s army in just days. A handful article on Washington Post can also helps yout to find more about the involvement of United States in the destablization plan of Middle East.
2. Support of Israel
Israel is one of the most important religious places on earth and all three monotheistic religions in the world have great reverence for the city of Jerusalem. It is also the centre of one of the most burning and decisive issues between the west and the Muslim world. United States has unapologetically extended great economic and military support to the state of Israel.
Israel has used its power and international support to curb the Palestinian people and occupy their lands. Human rights violations, atrocities, murder of Palestinian people and illegal land grabbing by Israel has been ignored by the United States and when need it has used its power of veto in favor of Israel.
The latest administration of United States is no different and Donald Trump has said during his election campaign that relations with Israel are very important for United States. The new administration has also approved the shifting of US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
3. Support of horrible regimes
United States is notorious for supporting corrupt political leaders, brutal military dictators and complete monarchies to achieve its own goals and interests. Military dictators like Muammar Gaddafi, Hosni Mubarak and Saddam Hussein were all supported by United State at one time or another. Saudi Arabia is a total monarchy and is criticised by most of the Americans for its extremely conservative values, yet United States has long and deep relations with the Kingdom.
Other examples include supporting the Qatar despite the country’s efforts to suppress freedom of expression. Qatar is the biggest ally of US in the Persian Gulf and this could be due to the fact that it is planning to invest $35 billion in United States in coming years.
4. Iraq and Afghanistan War
Both the Afghan and Iraq war started after the tragic incident of 9/11 in which almost 3,000 people were killed when two planes crashed into the World Trade Centre. United States started the Afghan war on the pretext that Osama Bin Laden was hiding there and he was behind the 9/11 attacks. This war was part of the war against terrorism started by the Bush administration, it went on for thirteen years and the result was death and misery for the Afghan people and more destabilization of the region.
Iraq war was started on the pretext that it had Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein was developing weapons of mass destruction, both accusations proved to be false.. But that did not stop the US from attacking the country and just like Afghanistan, Iraq now is in even worse condition than it was under Saddam’s rule. The misery created by the hypocrisy of United States is why it is considered one of the most hated countries in the world, See Ref Here.
Keep in mind that both these countries were attacked because of 9/11 but more than half of the terrorists involved in the attack were Saudi citizens and Osama Bin Laden himself was a Saudi. United States still has diplomatic and economic relations with Saudi Arabia.
5. US only gets involved when its suits them
This has been an old policy of United States to get involved in international issues only when it suits them. In recent years the Syrian civil war has been going on for years, thousands have died and millions have been displaced. Extremist groups like IS and the Syrian army have been violating human rights on daily basis. But United State did not start to interfere in Syrian until the recent terrorist attacks in Germany and France.
In the past US kept supporting the Taliban despite reports of religious intolerance towards minorities and women, the US did not seem to mind because Taliban were fighting against Russia. But after 9/11 US suddenly turned against them and attacked Afghanistan.