Why do they hate America so much?

Monday, November 26th, 2007 @ 7:14 pm | Iraq, Middle East, Politics

These things happen when you have a functioning democracy:

Australia’s new prime minister Kevin Rudd will mark his arrival on the international stage by announcing the withdrawal of his country’s combat troops from Iraq and signing the Kyoto treaty on climate change.

Back in ’03, John Howard was censured by the Senate for misleading the public in regards to the rationale for invading Iraq.  That’s another frequently overlooked aspect of democracy; accountability.


10 Responses to “Why do they hate America so much?”

  1. The Real Sporer Says:

    For the same reasons you do.

  2. jeromy Says:


    I’m pretty sure that was said completely without irony!

  3. mike Says:

    He’s just sore because last time he commented I illustrated his inconsistencies regarding democracy. Were he more concerned with principle rather than politics he wouldn’t be as frustrated.

  4. cbmc Says:

    Kevin Rudd trolls the American right with a deadly quickness

  5. IowaVoter Says:

    Now hear this, now hear this;

    John Howard is a complete assweasel.

    That is all.

  6. Matt W Says:

    You saying that means you hate America.

  7. IowaVoter Says:


    Matt, you saying that I hate America means YOU hate America!

  8. Dana Says:

    Prime Minister Rudd will now sign the Kyoto Accords, huh? Gee, that makes sense, given that other industrialized countries which have already signed it, like Canada, have announced that they cannot — and will not try — to meet the Kyoto targets because it would cause too much economic hardship for their citizens.

    Iven if you believe that global warming is caused by man and that we ought to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Kyoto is nuts. All it is is a mechanism for transferring money from the developed world to big polluters like China and India.

    Our friends down under took their democratic choice — and now they’ll get to pay for it.

  9. jeromy Says:

    From Dana’s first link:

    The new goal of a national environmental initiative announced Thursday is to reduce the level of current emissions 20 percent by 2020. That means Canada will not meet its obligations under the Kyoto Protocol which requires 35 industrialized countries to cut emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that act like a greenhouse, trapping heat in the atmosphere and contributing to global warming.

    “I can’t take responsibility for 10 lost years, but I can fully, and our government is prepared to fully, accept our responsibilities today,” Environment Minister John Baird said in blaming the former Liberal government.

    Canada will try to do the best it can and acknowledges its behavior was a mistake. That doesn’t exactly fit the angle you’re trying to play, Dana.

    I don’t need people to subscribe wholly to the Kyoto treaty, and I think the solution goes way beyond Kyoto’s vision. I’m glad Canada is recognizing the problem and is trying to do as much as they can about it. If everybody did as much, we’d have a much more optimistic future.

  10. MinorChord Says:

    Dana…or, whoever.. do you even read the articles you link to? I read that article you linked to and it was like..hu?? Theyre sticking with Kyoto…