The United States is the most hated country in the world,
followed closely by Israel,
and then by nobody.
Why not Ecuador? China? Russia? East Timor?
The hostility puzzles many Americans,
who genuinely believe their country to be a force for good, a pillar of democracy, a defender of human rights.
To the rest of the world,
none of this is even close.
If you have lived abroad,
as so very few Americans have,
the explanation for the hatred is obvious :
often with horrendous death tolls.
Americans, adroitly managed by a controlled press, historically illiterate, incurious, decreasingly educated,
either have never heard of the American behavior that angers others,
or believe it to have been inspired by virtuous motives.
Nobody else thinks so.