By Paul Balles

Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid, tells of a polite Oklahoman who held a copy of his latest novel, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” and examined the face on its cover, comparing it to Hamid’s.

The Oklahoman then said to the Muslim writer, nodding once as if to dip the brim of an imaginary hat: “So tell me, sir. Why do they hate us?”

Hamid then goes on to voice the propaganda he’d been fed, attributing it to envy, adding, “The richest, most powerful country in the world attracts the jealousy of others in much the same way that the richest, most powerful man in a small town attracts the jealousy of others.”

Of course, the Washington Post who published Hamid’s article devoured his explanation as if he was serving them and the country a lesson in deserved pride.

Hamid does finally add more answer to: why do they hate us? “Simply because America has — often for what seemed good reasons at the time — intervened to shape the destinies of other countries and then, as a nation, walked away.”

As true as that reflection on his own experiences with both America and Pakistan, it turns two blind eyes toward the most egregious of America’s foreign maladies.

Along with the control of other’s land, populations, governments and resources has come the Sword of Damocles: imminent and ever-present peril faced by those in positions of power.

The excessive fear of terrorists and terrorism held by vast numbers of Americans feeds on the mythical sword hanging over their heads on the thinnest thread.

“A tyrant’s fear is complete fear” — as it is the tyrant’s place to sit daily under the sword.  America is a tyrant to the world just as Israel is a tyrant to the Middle East; and America becomes a greater tyrant for its mindless support of Israel.

According to Haaretz “The Jordanian national that attacked a U.S. military base in Afghanistan, killing 7 CIA agents, was furious over the Israel’s Gaza offensive, the London-based Arabic daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported…”

An MSNBC anchor asked, “What can we do to stop them from hating us?” A TV anchor for a major media asking a question as stupid as that deserved to have the answer shouted at her: “Stop occupying their countries. Stop controlling other’s land, populations, governments and resources,”

Most of all stop the military killing sprees! Stop the murders and destruction that breed hatred. What percentage, from the millions of dead, etched on the handles of your guns, is needed to sire retribution?

The bombs, the drones, the F-15′s, the assault rifles, the submachine guns, the rocket-propelled grenades, the bunker busters, the cruise missiles, the smart bombs, the E-bombs, the dirty-bombs, the MOABs, the Stingers  the Sidewinder missiles, the Strykers, the Bradleys, the M1 tanks, the grenades—all bloody murder weapons.

We Americans run around the world like Mafia gangsters, beating up and eliminating those who don’t accept America as the Godfather.

What have we been doing in Iraq since we invaded it on a pretext–a fraud, a lie by conmen in the White House? How many of the millions dead have families who love America?

Will those forced into refugee camps teach their children not to hate America?

The same applies to Afghanistan and Pakistan and to the families of the slaughtered to bring “democracy” to help satisfy the fake “envy” of America.

The same is true of those who have suffered in occupied Palestine, in Gaza, in Lebanon from Israel, the puppet that controls its master. The kin of the dead can’t forget why they hate America.

This article first appeared in the Gulf Daily News.

Paul J. Balles is a retired American university professor and freelance writer who has lived in the Middle East for many years. For more information, see http://www.pballes.com.

Also read: Paul Balles : Delusions and Illusions of Press Freedom

Shame behind the silence of America


  1. Earlaiman on the 22. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    “What can we do to stop them from hating us?”

    Simple! Stop acting like a tyrant.

    “The new American Tyranny,” … nothing new, actually!

    Prior to 1776 the British Colonies of the New world practiced British tyranny against the native American and the French colonists of North America. Post 1776, the practiced the “New American” tyranny against what remained of the Native American, and the Spanish Colonial in North America. And when they were all subdued or brought to heel, went on to export it overseas, product which they have continued to export ever since, in an ever greater degree.

    We have become the tyrant which we overcame to escape, and we have assumed his mantle and the hatred of our own victims of tyranny.

    Israel, on a smaller scale, has continued in the same vein, having escaped from the tyranny of Europe, they have embarked on their own reign of tyranny in the Middle ;East.

    Both have learned the lessons of tyranny very well, all except the last one; the sword of Damocles will fall, and the heads will roll.

    But, having wielded that sword themselves to gain their seats of tyranny, they are familiar only with the hilt end of the sword, and have yet to see and experience the import and the impact of the other end of the sword, the point and the cutting edge.

    It is writ on the wall. It is simply a matter of time.

    We learn nothing from history, the history of others, or or own. Thus, we repeat, repeat and repeat the same actions, never dreaming that the same results will follow.

    Check Einstein (or was it Freud) on definitions of Insanity.


  2. Patricia Blair on the 23. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    America must stop what it is doing! I no longer look at the up coming 4th of July, America’s supposed Independence Day, in the same way. It is about occupation and ethnic cleansing. It is about an attitude of entitlement. It is wrongful pride in a country whose government tramples human rights and the environment without conscience because capitalism is about profit. My ancestors came to America in the 1600′s but it is just in recent years that I have viewed my countries motives differently. My sincere apologies. Sometimes it seems overwhelming to try to change the focus of Americans, but I think that starting in one’s community, one’s state is a start.That is my goal! Peace to all.


    Actually, people don’t ‘hate’ amerikan’s per-se, they hate their absolute inability to take any responsibility for the actions of their sick, twisted, israeli controlled, zionist politicians who, without much ado, shamelessly war profiteer while voting to either start more wars while sustaining the funding for existing wars of aggression.

    There’s a difference. And truly, if Amerikan’s had working brains, they’d realize that they are MURDER, INC., even if it’s by PROXY. They ARE accountable for the actions of their out of control, filthy and virulent state that has a foreign policy of ‘slash and burn’ and ‘rape and pillage’ all over the globe. Amerikan murder machines patrol the skies of more than a dozen countries now, raining death down on innocent civilians with utter disregard for human life or collateral property damage.

    Israel controls the U.S.S.A., and Amerikans are unable to reel in those monsters, and instead, willingly feed them with more tax money and 3 billion dollar a year stipends, paid for in international blood and treasure, as well as the blood of their men, women, and children who misguidedly sacrifice themselves on U.S.S.A. swords on foreign soil.

    The U.S.S.A. is a dying empire, which along with Israel, will be ostracized and culled out by the international community to the point that soon, any Amerikan passport holder will find it mighty tough to either enter another country, as well as their Israeli mossad controllers, nor will they be treated with very much hospitality when the continue to ignore human rights and the rights of sovereignty of states they destabilize and wreak chaos and mayhem in.

    There is a come uppance for Israel and Amerika, and the complacent, almost too dumbed down for parlor humor citizenry will have to pay the price of their lackadaisical and almost uncaring disregard for the lives of others across this globe.

    That Gulf oil spill is going to be the trip trigger that gets Amerikans ostracized and villified, as beaches across this world are destroyed and sea life is destroyed, by their hubris and their willingness to let corporate greed take over their nation.

    Amerika and Israel are on their death bed, but unfortunately, not a minute too soon as they mass murder, rape, pillage, plunder, and maim everything and everybody who doesn’t lick their scummy boots or genuflect in front of them.

    It’s called POETIC JUSTICE, and it’ coming to an Amerikan town, city, torture gulag near YOU!

  4. Patricia Blair on the 24. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    I think that it would be a good idea to not generalize about Americans. I am angry,too, at the duping, the ignorance, BUT there are millions of Americans who recognize what is happening and are vocal for change of policies and absolutely do not support Israel or American policies. But as you say it is KARMA, what is put out, comes back.

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