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Elzbieta Matynia Introduction THIS COLLECTION OF PAPERS IS AN ATTEMPT TO LOOK SQUARELY AT the recently growing phenomenon of intense anti-American senti­ ment. The papers in Part I take us up close to the relatively new images and debates on the United States as they have emerged in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and the new postcommunist members of the European Union, who are also known collectively as East Central Europe. They also introduce us to a certain self-image of America as it emerges in Samuel Huntington’s new book, Who Are We? in which We is a shared Anglo-protestant, English-speaking, culturally superior, chauvinistic identity that sets itself against a Them that is Hispanic and generally “south-of-the-border.” The general consensus that emerges from these papers is that, especially in Great Britain, Germany, and France, a clear distinction seems to be made between the Americans themselves, who are not the object of resentment, and the American administration. Bushism, and more generally Republicanism, are the real objects of resent­ ment. W estern Europe has grown increasingly anti-Bush and antiRepublican . The country that I came from to America over 20 years ago is Poland, long considered one of the most pro-American countries in the world. But just to bring you up to date, I want to note that even among the people of that exceptionally admiring nation, who—no m atter the circumstances, and usually for no good reasons, have supported every sitting president ofthis country—even among them something is break­ ing down. I have read that 70 percent of the normally Americanphile social research Vol 72 : No 4 : W inter 2005 809 Poles are against the war in Iraq, that Poland’s foreign minister recently said that his favorite US presidents are Jefferson, Lincoln, and Carter, and that the president—that very same president whose name Bush has finally learned to pronounce, Aleksander Kwasniewski of Poland— expressed the wish, as reported by the New York Times, that “America be more the way we used to like it: more open, flexible, and gracious___” The papers in this section will present to us the voices of friends and colleagues from other regions of the world, from Africa and from the Middle East. Their authors comprise an extraordinary group of individuals, committed to human rights, to the nonviolent solution of conflicts, to local self-governance, to critical thinking, to peace. 810 social research ...


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