To paraphrase Sally Field... they loathe us, they really loathe us.
Loathe, as in hate. They really hate us.
Who hates us? Well, according to Bishop Frank Griswold III, senior Anglican bishop of the U.S., the world hates us, and the bishop just hates being hated.
Here's what he said...
"I'd like to be able to go somewhere in the world and not have to apologize for being from the United States. We are loathed, and I think the world has every right to loathe us, because they see us as greedy, self-interested and almost totally unconcerned about poverty, disease and suffering."
I think the bishop has a problem with wanting to be liked. He wants it too much. After all, the U.S. government — taxpayers — spend an enormous amount of money on world poverty and hunger. Americans like Bill Gates and Ted Turner pledge billions to causes like fighting AIDS worldwide.
When I was in starving Somalia, the country was up to its swollen knees in American food aid — tons and tons of sacks of food, way more than the warlords could need or steal — in the hopes that enough would get through to starving people. And it worked.
The U.S. has sent its military to liberate people, not conquer them, and it has cost American lives.
And for all of this, we are loathed, because we won't be forced into signing things like the Kyoto Treaty. Because we will take the lead to rid the world of a dictator everybody knows is bad, but only we are actually willing to dislodge. For this, we are loathed, and the bishop is unhappy he can't go anywhere without someone blaming him.
Bishop... you are the senior Anglican bishop for the U.S. Stay home. You won't feel so loathed then, and later you might be thanked.
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