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Thomas L. Friedman: Why the rest of the world hates America

Thomas Friedman wonders why America is hated by the rest of the world. He also calls on people to email him and help him find a stable way to manage the United States’ relationship with the world.

“Where we are now,” says Nayan Chanda, publications director at the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization (whose Web site is full of valuable nuggets), “is that you have this sullen anger out in the world at America. Because people realize they are not going to get a vote over American power, they cannot do anything about it, but they will be affected by it.”

Finding a stable way to manage this situation will be critical to managing America’s relations with the rest of the globe. Any ideas?

6 thoughts on “Thomas L. Friedman: Why the rest of the world hates America”

  1. ~i read longtitudes and attitudes in 2 days
    very fast for a snail reader like me
    ~the book has done a great job in providing insight into the pain and anguish of 9/11 and giving us a scenario around which it happen
    ~hopefully it would deter all those who are contemplating destruction and all those who are in the business of destruction
    ~it has made a big impact on me and hopefully all those i will meet thereafter
    ~we are now in world war 3
    ~its disorder against order
    ~we have created our frankenstein
    ~its pointless to blame anyone
    ~its pointless to find out who or what is responsible
    ~disorder and company has no responsibilty
    ~its pointless to claim how much we contributed
    ~and its pointless to say how pure our intentions are
    ~or how much our sacrifice
    ~we are face to face with our frankenstein
    ~there is no time to look for our mobile phone
    ~let alone debate
    ~only thing we can do
    ~just do it
    *in singapore i live with muslims
    *the have their basic education
    *they are not out to destroy
    *nor are they suicidal
    *i m fortunate and there is hope
    >i would be much obliged if you could pass these
    comments to thomas friedman
    >if possible let me have his email address
    yours truly
    andrew tung

  2. Mr. Friedman-
    “Where were you when the world went flat?” – that’s got to be the title of the next compilation, putting together anecdotes from around the world. Here is my addition:

    When my middle son decided to move to Sao Paulo, Brasil with his family (two out of my three sons married non-American/foreign-born women) he told me I had to get two things. First he signed me up for SKYPE- what a fabulous invention! I now talk to Brasil and Ireland for hours and pay nothing for it. The other thing Arthur made me get was a webcam. One morning, I was sitting in my home in San Francisco talking too my grandson in Sao Paulo, Brasil. “Hi TimTim!” “Hi, NanNan, see my new fire truck?” We were having a lovely time when all of a sudden my SKYPE phone rang. Startled, I clicked on the answer button and heard, “Hello, hello.” I said, “Hello, who is this?” “This is Hasheem.” “Oh,” I said, “You must have the wrong number.” “No, No, I am Hasheem and I am trying out my SKYPE- You are from California, no?” “Yes,” I said, “and where are you from?” “I am from Egypt and I’m 22 years old. How old are you?”
    Well that was too much for this 61 year old grandmother- so I hung up on him. He called back twice, but I didn’t answer. Then he IM’s me saying, “You do not answer my call, why?” My son in Brasil, in the meantime, has heard the whole conversation and said, “Mom, just go to your preferences and say you only want to receive calls from your contact list.” I did this, and haven’t heard from Hasheem again.
    But I want you to know that, after reading The World is Flat- (which I adored and found utterly fascinating) I went back in to my preferences at SKYPE and unblocked incoming calls- I determined that limiting my calls was a kind of wall- why should I be reluctant to speak with a 22 year old from Egypt? Who knows what contacts are possible?
    I thank you for encouraging me to be open to the exciting albeit unpredictable flat world.

  3. Hello,
    How do I write to Friedman? Has he given an email address or has a website where anyone can write him?

  4. Just today I heard about the two books of Thomas L. Friedman. I work as a freelancer and one of my clients in US told that it will be wondeful if Friedman can become the President of US. This remark intrigued me and drove me to find the books written by him. The world is Flat and The Lexus and the Olive Tree. Is it available in India. Are there ebooks?

    Thomas Friedman, hope you see this posting

    Best regards

  5. Thomas L. Friedman: Why the rest of the world hates America?

    regarding the above question. I would like to say, although the american read bible, while they always playing a god instead of following the law about love for god & neighbours which is said by jesus.

    in my opion, there is some truth in “the world is flat”, but as the american franklin said “The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned; but still it’s nonsense.”

    i am writing a nonsense as “The world is a deeply-love-high-level face! ——I look upon the book “The world is flat” as third-class”

    and i would like to remind mr friedman that “We must play FORTUNE by using 7-notes melody, which represents Free, Original/open, Regenerative, True, United-universal, Natural, and Equal.


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