Anti-Americanism is a growing phenomenon that is spreading throughout the entire globe. Though the cause of this negative sentiment towards the US has often been pinned on the belief that other countries resent the US for its values and freedoms, the research presented largely disproves this belief. It can be seen through the analysis of the relations between the US and various countries of the world that the true root cause of anti-Americanism stems back to US foreign policy; policy that has repeatedly supported selfish meddling in other nations for the sake of protecting US’ national interests. Although the bulk of the research presented has focused on regions most often victimized by US meddling, it is evident that anti-Americanism is spreading beyond the countries that have been directly impacted by US interference. Countries in Europe, for example, are also beginning to experience an increase in anti-American sentiments as a result of US foreign policy in other regions. As previously stated, the Iraq War is one example of US foreign policy that has not only resulted in disapproval for the US by the countries directly affected, namely Iraq, but has also caused a dramatic decrease in approval for the US by countries in regions such as Europe and Latin America. The United States must realize before it is too late that what it does in regards to foreign policy matters. It makes an impact not only on the countries directly involved, but also on the countries standing by as witnesses.
Despite the rise of anti-Americanism in the years following the September 11th attacks, the US continues to take actions that are further damaging its relations with the rest of the world. Perhaps one of the most controversial and noteworthy incidents in most recent times were the drone attacks taking place in Pakistan that resulted in numerous civilian deaths. This blatant disregard for another nation’s sovereignty, a nation that has believed the US to be an ally to, is more than reasonable cause for not only distrust in the US, but resentment and dislike. The NSA spying of Brazil once again does not send the message that the US is willing to play fair and display the necessary respect for other nations’ sovereignty. Should these incidents continue to occur, it is going to become increasingly difficult for the US to gain support and trust of the countries not only directly impacted by US meddling and unfavorable foreign policy, but also of the countries standing by watching the US act in unilateral ways. The United States undoubtedly carries immense power in the world, and it is time for the US to use its power responsibly and justly, for “justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just.”
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