America: Satan and Santa Claus
To the alienated, leftist mind, the United States is simultaneously Satan and Santa Claus, the source of all the evil in the world and the source of all goodies; who is, moreover, evil precisely because he is withholding the goodies that it is in his power easily to give.
The latest manifestation of this resentful-adolescent syndrome is a report by Arab intellectuals in Jordan complaining that progress in the Arab world is being hindered by the American government’s tightening of visa restrictions and treatment of terror suspects. As a result, says the report, 30 percent fewer Arabs are studying in the United States than prior to 9/11, so that the very people the Arab world depends on for its progress are being deprived of an education. But, in all honesty, what did these people expect? When a large part of the Arab world erupted in frenetic joy over the 9/11 attack, and the rest of the Arab world stood by and said nothing, did the Arabs actually think that this would have no effect on their relations with the U.S.? How childish can people be?
At bottom, however, I don’t blame the Arabs for this sick attitude; I blame America, who in this psychodrama has played the role of the dangerously indulgent parent. It is white liberal America that nourished the attitude—first among its own children, then among its domestic minorities, lastly among immigrants and foreigners—that they had every right to demand everything of America while simultaneously expressing their utter contempt for America.