First of all, don't take
it personal. The rest of the world does not hate you in particular,
unless you are named Bush, Rumsfeld or Rice.
Resentment towards Gringos
is nothing new. Just ask any Mexican about Texas, New Mexico
and California. Or any Japanese from Okinawa. Or Panamanians.
Or the French. Or any Arab from anywhere. What is totally new
and a cause for grave concern is the aftermath of the occupation
of Iraq. That's what should really worry modern-day Gringos.
It all started back with
the 2000 Election debacle, when George W. Bush first hijacked
his whole nation by threatening it with a massive Congressional
and political disruption if he did not get the result he wanted
(being sworn in). The whole Florida electoral fraud -which nations
such as Mexico had ample experience with and could not believe
their eyes- and the Supreme Court finally announcing that they
appointed Bush Jr. as their new President, disregarding Al Gore's
more than 500,000 vote difference that won him the popular vote
nationwide lost Bush any legitimacy he could claim for himself.
The whole world took this
as an ill omen of things to come. Democracy had snapped. How
was it possible that Americans had accepted that a semi-literate
Conservative Texas governor whose only claim to fame was that
his dad had been President (and appointed most of those judges
in the Supreme Court) steal an election just like that?
It was even worse when Bush
Jr. selected his cabinet. Most of them were old veterans from
his dad's administration and that of Ronald Reagan (Cheney,
Rumsfeld, Rice, Wolfowitz, et al). Bush Jr. even revived some
old corpses, brought down when their corruption and far-right
views made it necessary for the American government to distance
itself from them. The outlook made some shudder.
First thing off the bat,
Bush Jr. starting cutting taxes benefiting the big corporations
that funded his campaign, never mind the deficit. He also shredded
most international treaties that bound America to international
law, such as Kyoto, the International War Crimes Tribunal, the
International Nuclear Arms Agreement and many more.
Being the biggest country
around had its privileges. America became unilateralist overnight.
Bush Jr. turned America into the world's bully. And the world's
economy sank like a stone.
Then came 9-11. Everybody
watched stunned and angry. Everybody understood that something
big had happened and that things would never be the same. A
lot of people from all around the world felt a deep sadness,
they wanted to help and support Americans and quelled those
few voices that said: "They deserved it". They didn't
think America deserved it.
Well, not anymore.