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<nettime> The hidden truth behind "anti-americanism"

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   cfd [1]EnEspanol - [2]EmPortugues - From Robert González, Reconquista
   419, p. 7 - Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
   June 25, 2003: Editorial, Destaque Internacional
   Leftist Movements: The Hidden Truth behind "Anti-Americanism"
   Behind the recent wave of anti-Americanism, inspired by leftist
   movements of the entire world and amplified by the communications
   media, there are two underlying motives about which almost no one
   First, a silent resentment against free nations inspired by Communism
   and religious progressivism, and, in particular, against the United
   States, provoked by the collapse of the Soviet empire in 1990. It was
   a collapse that left the noisy failure of Marxist collectivism
   exposed, with its panorama of misery and bloodshed; and which, with
   its fall, destroyed the myths by which Communism misled the world for
   Second, the conservative tendency of important sectors of American
   public opinion, which was being consolidated in recent years,
   influencing the direction of the country and constituting an
   uncomfortable obstacle to the revolutionary advancement.
   To hide these true motivations and to try to draw world public opinion
   behind it, the leftist movements gave rise to an irrational and
   emotional style of anti-Americanism, which appears to condemn
   indiscriminately everything that comes from the United States.
   In reality, in the midst of that nation-continent a huge diversity of
   ideas and of cultures exists, many of them antagonistic. Inside the
   very government of the United States, portrayed as monolithic by this
   irrational anti-Americanism, different and even contradictory
   tendencies exist, a question that it is indispensable to address at an
   opportune moment.
   In this American diversity, everything that was and is contrary to the
   principles of Christian Civilization in the social, cultural,
   political and religious spheres is worthy of censure. However, it is
   not this that is disturbing and irritating to Communism and Leftism,
   but, instead, that which the United States has done in the way of good
   - in particular, in defense of liberty.
   In politics, what is presented in an exaggerated manner, without the
   indispensable nuances, runs the risk of falling into discredit and
   finishing in oblivion. The present leftist wave of anti-Americanism,
   still counting on the reverberations from the powerful communications
   media, is extremely vulnerable by virtue of its bias, exaggerations
   and oversights, which go against common sense.
   The cause of Christian Civilization requires of each one of us an
   effort to contribute toward exposing the artificiality of such a
   maneuver of worldwide extension. In this way, we will be able to
   exclaim, paraphrasing the writer Hans Christian Andersen: "Naked is
   irrational anti-Americanism!"
   * Jamie Glazov (coord.), Paul Hollander, Stanley Kurtz, Dan Flynn &
   Victor Davis Hanson, "Anti-Americanism", Front Page Magazine.
   * Roger Kimball, "The New Anti-Americanism", The New Criterion.
   * Center of Studies on Information, "Leftist Media Bias: A Grave
   * Destaque Internacional, "Silenced Truth: 'Pacifists' Protect Tyrants
   and Encourage Wars."
   * CubDest, "World Social Forum: The 'Networks,' Theirs Goals and
   * Henri Carričres, "Anti-Americanism in the Brazilian Media," Media
   Without Mask (in Portuguese).
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