18 April 2014, 17:38

Nine countries that hate US most

Nine countries that hate US most

The so called "export of democracy" carried out by the US President, Barack Obama, resulted in a number of countries becoming dissatisfied with the Washington's policies. The image of Obama's administration, as well as that of the United States, took some serious hits because of it, according to the Spanish edition of RT.

Despite the fact that the US still has many allies, a number of countries began openly opposing Barack Obama's policy. Moreover, Edward Snowden's revelations have seriously damaged the US president's reputation. According to 24/7 Wall St, there are at least nine countries in the world that "hate the US."

1. Palestinian territories. Index of dissatisfaction with US policy: 80 percent. Four out of five Palestinians do not approve of the US' policies, mostly because the United States is backing Israel in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Furthermore, Hamas, the group that has run the Gaza Strip since 2007, was declared as a "terrorist organization" by the US and the EU.

Palestinian territories

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2. Pakistan. Index of dissatisfaction with US policy: 73 percent. The US-Pakistani relations became tense in 2001 and has stayed that way, when the American manhunt after the leader of al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, spilled into the country. By 2009, 59 percent of Pakistani citizens believed the US to be a force of destruction more dangerous than al-Qaeda, and recent Gallup polls show that this tendency does not abate.


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3. Lebanon. Index of dissatisfaction with US policy: 71 percent. Just like some other countries that do not think highly of America, Lebanon has a long-running conflict with Israel which explains the negative attitude of many Lebanese towards the US.


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4. Yemen. Index of dissatisfaction with US policy: 69 percent. Over 100 Yemeni citizens were imprisoned in Guantanamo during recent years. The relations between the two countries became so tense that the US Department of State advised American citizens not to visit Yemen due to extremely high security risks.


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5. Iraq. Index of dissatisfaction with US policy: 67 percent. The story of the US-Iraqi conflict starts with the Gulf War of 1991. There is also the second war in Iraq of 2003-2011 during which hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, including civilians, were killed. According to US citizens, "travel in that country is extremely dangerous due to civil disorder, threat of kidnapping and terrorist attacks."


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6. Egypt. Index of dissatisfaction with US policy: 57 percent. The US Department of State also included Egypt in the list of countries "not safe to travel" to because of the "instability and violence in all of the country."


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7. Slovenia. Index of dissatisfaction with US policy: 57 percent. Despite the US Department of State claiming that the US and Slovenia enjoy a tight and cordial relationship, over a half of Slovenian citizens have criticized Washington's policies. It is also noteworthy that Slovenia is the only NATO member among all the other countries dissatisfied with the US' policies.


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8. Iran. Index of dissatisfaction with US policy: 56 percent. The Iranian nuclear issue is but a most recent addition to the long history of disagreements Tehran has had with the US. In fact, these two countries have not had diplomatic relations since 1980. Moreover, political analysts have determined that sanctions imposed on Iran by the EU and the US, despite causing certain economic woes for Iran, also had negative consequences for America.


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9. Tunisia. Index of dissatisfaction with US policy: 54 percent. Despite the US providing $400 million of financial aid to Tunisia to "establish democracy" there in 2011, over half of the country's population does not approve of the Washington's policies. Their hostility was amply demonstrated during the attack on the American embassy there in 2012. Recent polls confirm that this attitude among Tunisians still remains.


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