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September 13, 2002

Jealousy of America


I was sitting in the food court at a local mall yesterday, eating lunch while pondering European and Middle Eastern anti-Americanism. As hard as I tried to feel the pain of a European or a Middle Easterner, I kept getting distracted by the steady stream of lightly dressed 18- to 45-year-old women strolling by.

September is the hottest time of the year in Southern California and, while the ladies are always quite impressive, the heat made it possible to inspect their virtues far more thoroughly than at some other times of the year. Thoughts like "Why do those decadent, pushy Americans think they can tell everyone else what to do?" kept suddenly making a left turn into "Where do they find these unbelievable women?"

California Beach Girl.jpg

Suddenly, a light bulb went off in my head. The reason these guys hate us is...THEY'RE JEALOUS OF OUR WOMEN! And...THEY'RE RIGHT TO BE! WE'VE GOT ALL RACES, COLORS AND CREEDS OF FIT, STYLISH, GORGEOUS BABES!

Well, as I always say, it's better to know the score when you're dealing with these thorny international issues.



posted by Friedrich at September 13, 2002


Jealousy of our women, and just about everything else in our society. We are the in-crowd of high school (the world). The crowd that is not "in" can either ignore us, as many do, or resort to violence against us. Think of the terrorists as equivalent to the 2 students at Columbine. Jealousy erupts in violence in high school, in male-female relationships and elsewhere.

Posted by: LK on September 14, 2002 09:39 PM

No no, sorry to burst your bubble, but no one has a monopoly on beautiful women, nor on good food, and the US least of all. In fact, everyone outside the US is convinced they have everything better than the US (they're smarter, better-looking, more civilized, more moral, etc., etc.). Despite all that, there's just one crucial thing they don't have, and it drives them nuts: power.

Posted by: Kai on September 14, 2002 10:46 PM

Gosh, I've never been a cool kid before. I won't know how to act.

Kai, yeah yeah yeah. Here's a nice September 23 article from Bryan Appleyard, writing in the Times o' London.

Note particularly this bit:

The world leader is always trashed simply for being the leader. The terms of the trashing are remarkably consistent. Nineteenth-century Germans...responded to Britain's dominance by saying, in effect, "they may be rich but we have soul". That is exactly what many Europeans and all anti-Americans are now saying: we're for God or culture or whatever against mammon. This is inaccurate - America has more soul, culture and a lot more God than any of her critics - but it is the predictably banal rhetoric of envy.

Posted by: Angie Schultz on September 14, 2002 11:43 PM

Maybe the Muslims have as beautiful women as the US but HOW CAN YOU TELL?

Posted by: tim on September 15, 2002 02:25 AM


True, 'the world leader is always trashed for simply being the leader'.
But is it envy, to have reservations against the world leader? Or couldn't that be the same urge that keeps democracy, change, development and competition alive?

Posted by: Torsten on September 15, 2002 06:25 AM

The distinction between jealousy and envy is being elided here. Jealousy is wanting something someone else has. Envy is wanting that someone else not to have it. Jealousy inspires people to work to acquire what they lack. Envy inspires people to fly airplanes into office buildings.

Posted by: Aaron Haspel on September 15, 2002 10:11 AM

WooHoo! I've made it, I'm one of the "beautiful people"!
From, Envy is synonymous with begrudge and covet, that is: stresses ill will and reluctance to acknowledge another's right or claim. Covet stresses a secret or culpable longing for something to which one has no right.

n 1: a feeling of jealous envy (especially of a rival) [syn: green-eyed monster] 2: zealous vigilance: "cherish their official political freedom with fierce jealousy"-Paul Blanshard
Quite a difference, I'd say....

Posted by: Kat on September 15, 2002 11:17 AM

Well, Kai, I could accept that the US doesn't have a monopoly on beautiful women, but since theocracies like the Taliban choose to cover theirs from head to toe, it's hard to tell, isn't it?

Posted by: Rick on September 15, 2002 12:48 PM

Torsten: You yourself have the key: competition. In democracies, different ideas compete for leadership. In principle, the best (or at least the most popular) ideas win.

If your ideas are really really bad/unpopular, people tend not to let you lead. Then, of course, you start flying planes into buildings to change their minds.

But the point of citing the Appleyard article was to show that people have always told themselves, "Well, they may be rich, but we have culture/God/brains/whatever." It's no different now. I'm sure that 15 years ago, when it looked as if the Japanese were going to own the US, a lot of Americans said the same thing.

Posted by: Angie Schultz on September 15, 2002 03:31 PM

Maybe the Muslims have as beautiful women as the US but HOW CAN YOU TELL?

Posted by: tim on September 15, 2002 02:25 AM

Actually, they must be very embarrased and ashamed of their women, why else
would they hide them?

Posted by: on September 15, 2002 10:07 PM

Muslims hide their women because they are a bunch of fags.

Posted by: Ragnar on September 16, 2002 09:17 AM

I think they hate us because they don't have a chance in Hell of SCORING with we American women, particularly if trolls with faces like that BinAlshihb and AllySheedy (the one who flew the plane into Tower 2) are anything to go by...
I suppose Mohammed Atta wasn't bad looking --if you like the "psycho" look, but I'll bet you he was short and his personality totally SUCKED and as Ragnar points out, he was gay.
In short, the Islamist terrorists couldn't get a beautiful blonde date to the prom, so we all paid on 9/11.

Posted by: Jennie Taliaferro on September 17, 2002 10:44 PM

look at the average Muslims womans teeth and you will see why...

Posted by: silent bob on April 2, 2004 02:59 AM

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