Washington, October 9, 2005 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) -A
T-shirt featuring US President George W. Bush as "International
Terrorist." Another shows the World Trade Center towers with the
words, "What Goes Up Must Come Down."
are just some of the anti-American items for sale at Left Bank Books
Collective, in the liberal and frequently outspoken US West Coast city
of Seattle, reported Agence France-Presse (AFP).
a lot has been said and written about anti-Americanism around the
world following the US invasion of Iraq, little has been said about a
vein of the same sentiment that exists in the United States.
home-grown "anti-Americanism" has a region it calls home, it
might well be the left-leaning West Coast, where vehement opposition
to Bush and his policies is overt.
it has a capital, it could be Seattle, site of the explosive
anti-World Trade Organization demonstrations in 1999 and a politics so
left-leaning that just two voting precincts went for Bush last year.
Coyne, 33, may not embrace the label "anti-American," but
Coyne, whose hat is emblazoned with "Solidarity Forever,"
opposes what he believes is the country's militaristic foreign policy
and abusive capitalist system.
and Americans like him also do not share their fellow citizens'
romantic notions of US history.
take their cues from historian Howard Zinn, whose "A People's
History of the United States" tells the story of the rich and
powerful elite subjugating everyone else - here and abroad.
Hollander is an emeritus professor of sociology at the University of
Massachusetts who has written books on anti-Americanism in America.
believes the root of it can be found in high expectations and the
alienation spawned by disappointment when they are not met.
have been few places in the history of the world where people have
tried to go and create a new social system," he said.
grandiloquent visions of justice, freedom and equality are not
realized, disappointment sets in, he added.
Hare, who recently opened a countercultural bookstore and art gallery
in Seattle called Infohazard, said Hollander's reasoning rings true.
could be a strong force for good in the world, but our generosity has
been hijacked," he said.
bookstore's logo features a biohazard symbol connecting two minds, a
reference to William S. Burroughs, who once claimed "language is
Laskey, 29, is a member who lives in Boston, a city well known for its
intellectuals opposing US foreign policies like Noam Chomsky.
an email interview, Laskey went so far as to wish ill upon US soldiers
believe in the right of self-defense, and support the Iraqi resistance
on that basis. I also believe that the United States, as the dominant
superpower in the world, needs to be defeated in Iraq," he said.
while US right-wingers love to attack their leftist opponents as
anti-American, there's a history of anti-Americanism on the right,
too, as evidenced by the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing by conservative
said right-wing attacks on the United States arise from a rejection of
modernity, which the country -- with its religious and ethnic
pluralism, technology and materialism -- embodies.
now, however, with the right in control of the White House and the US
Congress, the sentiment branded by some as
"anti-Americanism" seems to reside at places like Left Bank.
Pugmire, another collective member, laid out a vision for a different
think people should govern themselves as they see fit in a
non-hierarchical way so everyone's needs are taken care of, rather
than people being taken advantage of."
say the policies of the Bush administration have further spread
congressionally mandated panel concluded in September that Bush is
seen in the Arab world as a greater threat than Al-Qaeda leader Osama
2004 pentagon report said the US administration was alienating Muslims
worldwide and losing the "the war of ideas" because of
adopting faulty policies and what is perceived as "self-serving
has recently appointed Karen Hughes as Undersecretary of State for
Diplomacy to shine up America’s image in the Arab world, which is
described by pundits as mission impossible.