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The Flaws of Some Anti-Anti-Americanism

Andrew Hammel has reviewed Andrei Markovits' latest book "Uncoth Nation," which identifies "three pitfalls of anti-anti-Americanism:"
1. Defensive denial/Complete identification. The anti-anti-American becomes so fed up with the supercilious tone of European anti-Americanism (or so afraid of "giving the other side ammunition") that he defends U.S. policy even against spot-on critiques.
2. Tit-for-tat. For every flaw identified by the anti-American, the anti-anti strikes back with an analogous shortcoming of modern European societies. Don't get me wrong; a bit of tit-for-tat is satisfying, and sometimes administers a needed corrective. But it rarely illuminates causes and nature of anti-Americanism, and often destroys dialogue.
3. Contempt. Just as many European anti-Americans do not care to remedy the defects they mock in American society, many anti-anti-Americans are motivated by a mirror-image of contempt for Europe. On both sides, these critics don't want to understand; they want merely to score points and bolster fragile egos.
Andrew Hammel's excellent review is at German Joys. The Atlantic Review has written about Markovits' new book in the posts Anti-Americanism and Anti-Semitism and How Widespread is Anti-Americanism? Stay tuned for more comments and reviews of Prof. Markovits' new book in the next few weeks.


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rightwingprof on :

Contempt for Europe? No, Europe doesn't deserve as much as contempt. Apathy, yes, for a continent of cowards who prefer buying off tyrants to dealing with them. But contempt? No. Hussein deserved contempt. Then, if nothing else, Hussein did have the intestinal fortitude to create and maintain a bloody regime. Europe doesn't have even that.

JW-Atlantic Review on :

The phrase "a continent of cowards" sounds like contempt to me. How else am I supposed to understand this phrase?

Axel on :

Oh yeah, rightwingprof is also a member of the 101st Fighting Keyboardists! My legs feel like jelly. Dealing with tyrants - like Reagan who armed Saddam Hussein with chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq war even when American intelligence agencies knew that Iraqi commanders would employ them in waging the decisive battles? Did you know that by 1982, Iraq was removed from the list of terrorist sponsoring nations and by 1984, America was actively sharing military intelligence with Saddam Hussein’s army? This aid included arming Iraq with potent weapons, providing satellite imagery of Iranian troops deployments and tactical planning for battles, assisting with air strikes, and assessing damage after bombing campaigns. Dude, that's realpolitik! I really like these [url=]declassified documents and this little video footage[/url] where Rumsfeld shakes hands with Saddam Hussein on December 20, 1983...

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