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Why do they hate US?

A guide to individual countries' possible motives

This is an ongoing project that is being updated as new facts emerge

Most US citizens have no idea why anyone could hate them. This is not surprising considering their ignorance of US foreign policy. Citizens of many countries have been the victims of US subversion, US support for corrupt dictators, and US state terrorism.


"From 1945 to the end of the century, the United States attempted to overthrow more than 40 foreign governments, and to crush more than 30 populist-nationalist movements struggling against intolerable regimes.

"In the process, the US caused the end of life for several million people, and condemned many millions more to a life of agony and despair."

-- America: Rogue State by William Blum

"In order to survive, nations need strong intelligence services. But the idea that the CIA is primarily an intelligence-gathering operation is itself one of the agency's greatest propaganda triumphs.

"Despite its name, the Central Intelligence Agency's main purpose is, and has always been, carrying out covert operations involving economic warfare, rigged elections, assassinations and even genocide."

-- The CIA's Greatest Hits by Mark Zapezauer

List of countries and territories

OIL denotes a key oil-producing country according to the International Crude Oil Market handbook, or a country possessing oil, but not yet producing it.

AFGHANISTAN American Subversion in Afghanistan
US bombing of Afghanistan
ALBANIA The US bombing of Albanian refugees fleeing Kosovo was "a mistake".
American/British Subversion in Albania
ALGERIA OIL American support for a government that brutally suppressed an Islamic political party because it seemed likely to win elections.
AMERICAN SAMOA -
ANGOLA OIL American/South African support for terrorism of the Angolan people
ANGUILLA -
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA -
ARGENTINA OIL Soon after the coup that brought him to power in 1976 General Jorge Rafael Videla began Argentina's dirty war. All political and union activities were suspended, wages were reduced by 60%, and dissidents were tortured by Nazi and US-trained military and police. Videla had a good public relations firm in the US, Deaver and Hannaford, the same firm used by Ronald Reagan (who defended his tactics), Taiwan, and Guatemala.
ARMENIA -
ARUBA -
Ascension -
AUSTRALIA OIL
Australian External Territories -
AZERBAIJAN OIL
BAHAMAS -
BAHRAIN -
BANGLADESH -
BARBADOS -
BELARUS -
BELGIUM -
BELIZE -
BENIN -
BERMUDA -
BHUTAN -
BOLIVIA US-trained officer and Gulf Oil beneficiary Hugo Banzer overthrew the government with the help of Washington. He drove the Indians from their land, and when Catholic clergy tried to aid the Indians, the regime, with CIA help, launched terrorist attacks against them. Banzer was a graduate of the School of the Americas.
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA The Izetbegovic government’s US-backed offensive brought the former part of Yugolslavia to civil war.
BOTSWANA -
BOUVET ISLAND -
BRAZIL OIL American-backed State Terrorism and Overthrow of Democracy in Brazil
American-backed torture.
BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY -
British Overseas Territories -
BRUNEI DARUSSALAM OIL The Sultan lives in a new palace that may have cost as much as a billion dollars, while over 90% of his subjects live in abject poverty. The Sultan's generosity to the CIA includes allowing Brunei to be the CIA's ears on the explosive Malaysian-Indonesian border.
BULGARIA -
BURKINA FASO -
BURUNDI -
CAMBODIA American Genocide of the Cambodian People
CAMEROON OIL
CANADA OIL
CAPE VERDE -
CAYMAN ISLANDS -
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC -
CHAD OIL US support for the dictator Hissène Habré. His one-party regime was marked by widespread atrocities.
CHILE American-backed Overthrow of the Democratic Government of Chile. Even the CIA confirms it!
American-backed torture.
CHINA OIL American Betrayal and Subversion in China
CHRISTMAS ISLAND -
COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS -
COLOMBIA OIL American Support for Colombian State Terrorism of the Colombian People
For more on Columbia.
COMOROS -
CONGO OIL
CONGO, THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE American Assassination of Patrice Lumumba and Backing of State Terrorism of the People of The Congo/Zaire
COOK ISLANDS -
COSTA RICA American Assassination Attempts on the Elected Leader of Costa Rica
COTE D'IVOIRE The US supported conservative leader Felix Houphouet-Boigny, who built an enormous cathedral in his home town and built western cities at the expense of the rest of the population.
CROATIA -
CUBA American Subversion and State Terrorism of the Cuban People
CYPRUS -
CZECH REPUBLIC -
DENMARK OIL
Diego Garcia In the 1960's the British deported the inhabitants of Diego Garcia to Mauritius in order to lease the island to the US military, who did not want a "population problem", as they put it. [BBC article]
DJIBOUTI -
DOMINICA -
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC American Subversion and Tyranny in the Dominican Republic
EAST TIMOR OIL American-backed Genocide of the People of East Timor
ECUADOR OIL
EGYPT OIL
EL SALVADOR American Terrorism of the El Salvadoran People
EQUATORIAL GUINEA OIL
ERITREA The US denied the Eritrean people's desire for an independent state because of its strategic location in the gulf. The US supplied arms to Ethiopia to fight against Eritrea's bid for independence.
ESTONIA -
ETHIOPIA Just after Emperor Haile Seelassie's overthrow in 1974, the annual per capita income was $90, the literacy rate was 7% and Ethiopia was the poorest nation in Africa. Under Selassie, Ethiopia received more US aid than any other African country and Washington purchased a $2 million yacht for the Emperor. When Selassie faced an uprising in the province of Eritrea, the US sent advisors and arms to help him smash the revolt.
European Union American Intrigue & Subversion in Western Europe
FALKLAND ISLANDS (MALVINAS) -
FAROE ISLANDS -
FIJI Progressive coalition overthrown by CIA coup in 1987. Under General Rabuka's US supported police state, Amnesty International has reported, for the first time in Fijian history, cases of illegal detention and torture -- the beginning of the Latinization of the Pacific.
FINLAND -
FRANCE American Subversion of Democracy in France
FRENCH GUIANA -
French Overseas Territories -
FRENCH POLYNESIA -
FRENCH SOUTHERN TERRITORIES -
GABON OIL
GAMBIA -
GEORGIA -
GERMANY -
GHANA -
GIBRALTAR -
GREECE American-backed Subversion, Mass-Murder, Torture and Overthrow of Democracy in Greece
GREENLAND -
GRENADA American Subversion and Invasion of tiny Grenada
GUADELOUPE -
GUAM -
GUATEMALA American-backed Genocide of the Guatemalan People
American-backed torture.
Guernsey -
GUINEA The US isolated Sekou Toure for being socialist, leading to economic ruin of a relatively prosperous country.
GUINEA-BISSAU -
GUYANA American/British Overthrow of the Democratically-Elected President of Guyana
HAITI American-supported State Terrorism of the Haitian People
American Support of Dictatorship in Haiti
HEARD ISLAND AND MCDONALD ISLANDS -
HOLY SEE (VATICAN CITY STATE) -
HONDURAS Honduras was the original "Banana Republic" -- its history inextricably intertwined with that of the US-based United Fruit Company. General Alvarez assisted in training programs and founded a special "hit squad", the Cobras. Victims of the Cobras were stripped, bound, thrown into pits, and tortured, with the full knowledge of the US government. During the "reign" of the US ambassador, John Negroponte, human rights violations in Honduras became systematic. The infamous Battalion 316, trained by the CIA and Argentine military, kidnapped, tortured and killed hundreds of people.
HONG KONG -
HUNGARY -
ICELAND -
INDIA -
INDONESIA OIL American-backed Genocide of the Indonesian People
American Subversion in Indonesia
IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF OIL U.S. Navy Mass-Murder of Civilian Iranian Airline Passengers
American/British Overthrow of Democracy in Iran
IRAQ OIL American/British State Terrorism of the Iraqi People
American/British Assassination of the Leader of Iraq
For more on Iraq.
IRELAND -
Isle of Man -
ISRAEL -
ITALY American Perversion of Democracy in Italy
JAMAICA -
JAPAN American Nuclear Genocide of the People of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Jersey -
JORDAN -
KAZAKSTAN OIL
KENYA The US supported conservative dictator Daniel arap Moi, who was responsible for widespread corruption and suppression of opposition and human rights.
KIRIBATI -
KOREA, DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF American Terrorism and Genocide of the Korean People.
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF American Terrorism and Genocide of the Korean People.
Beatings, torture, and execution of the regimes' political opponents have been a way of life since the Korean War. Despite such brutal behavior, the US has maintained a first-rate strategic relationship with South Korea, providing successive repressive regimes with extensive US aid.
KUWAIT OIL
KYRGYZSTAN -
LAO PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC American Genocide of the Laotian People
LATVIA -
LEBANON US-backed Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, resulting in about 20,000 civilian deaths.
US intervention.
LESOTHO -
LIBERIA Samuel Doe came to power in a bloody 1980 coup, a Master Sergeant in military gear. Until overthrown in 1990, he was a self-made General in a suit, living on US aid and corporate kickbacks. But while Doe and his cronies lived in luxury, the rest of Liberia dwelt in squalor.
LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA OIL American Terror-Campaign Against the Libyan People
LIECHTENSTEIN -
LITHUANIA -
LUXEMBOURG -
MACAU -
MACEDONIA, THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF -
MADAGASCAR -
MALAWI -
MALAYSIA OIL
MALDIVES -
MALI -
MALTA -
MARSHALL ISLANDS American Nuclear Poisoning of the Homeland of the Marshall Islands People
MARTINIQUE -
MAURITANIA -
MAURITIUS -
MAYOTTE -
MEXICO OIL The US stole Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and California from Mexico. On February 11, 1847 the Congressional Globe reports: "...We must march from ocean to ocean....We must march from Texas straight to the Pacific Ocean....It is the destiny of the white race, it is the destiny of the Anglo-Saxon Race." [from this site]
American-backed torture.
MICRONESIA, FEDERATED STATES OF -
MOLDOVA, REPUBLIC OF -
MONACO -
MONGOLIA -
MONTSERRAT -
MOROCCO King Hassan II of Morocco spared himself no earthly delight. He had seven principal palaces, kept 260 horses in just one of his many stables, boarded most of his camels, ostriches, and zebras with his 945 head of cattle at his 1500 acre dairy farm, and he'd got a couple of harems. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate in Morocco is over 20%, and 95% of the population lives in abject poverty, sheltering in makeshift huts in the country's increasingly swollen cities. The US supported Hassan II.
MOZAMBIQUE This nation of 14 million people was subject to a brutal attack by the Mozambique National Resistance (RENAMO), a South African-armed and supported group. A US State Department official called it "one of the most brutal holocausts against ordinary human beings since World War II." According to RENAMO watch groups, U.S. supporters of RENAMO include US Representatives Dan Burton (R-Indiana) and Philip Crane (R-Illinois); Senators Bob Dole (R-Kansas), Bob Kasten (R-Wisconsin), and Jesse Helms (R-North Carolina); Jack Kemp, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and television evangelist Pat Robertson.
MYANMAR OIL Multinational corporations doing business in Burma have provided support and sustenance to the dictatorship and because of this, Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and the Burmese opposition National League for Democracy have asked that all foreign companies disinvest from Burma. Particularly complicit have been several multinational oil companies, including the US-based Unocal, ARCO and Texaco and the French-based Total. These companies continue to prop up the military regime by providing it with large amounts of desperately needed hard currency. (Letter of Union Presidents to U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky Defending Massachusetts Law On Burma)
NAMIBIA -
NAURU -
NEPAL US support for a corrupt despotic government.
NETHERLANDS -
NETHERLANDS ANTILLES -
NEW CALEDONIA -
NEW ZEALAND New Zealand is being penalised in trade negotiations with the US worth $1 billion a year because of its anti-nuclear policy.
NICARAGUA American Terrorism of the Nicaraguan People
an update (November 2001)
American-backed torture.
NIGER -
NIGERIA OIL American support for General Sani Abacha, a corrupt and repressive dictator in the oil-rich country of Nigeria. The US oil companies received cheap oil under military rulers, despite their corruption and their detention and murders of opposition leaders such as Ken Saro-Wiwa and Moshood and Kudirat Abiola.
NIUE -
NORFOLK ISLAND -
NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS -
OMAN OIL 1962: US oil companies discover oil in Oman. 1965: the people of Oman rise up and form the Liberation Front for the Occupied Arabian Gulf. The US pressures Iran to intervene. It is subsequently revealed that the sultan of Oman had signed a secret deal with the Iranian monarchy to aid the anti-guerilla war.
PAKISTAN In 1979, when General Mohammod Zia Ul-Haq executed his elected predecessor, Zulfigar Ali Bhutto, and declared martial law, drugs were unknown in Pakistan, but by 1984 Pakistan was furnishing 70% of the world's high grade heroin. That same year, George Bush addressed a group of Pakistani officials and praised the government of President Zia for its anti-narcotics program. Pakistan under Zia was the largest recipient of US aid, receiving over $3 billion in 1982, of which over half was for weapons.
PALAU -
PALESTINIAN TERRITORY, OCCUPIED American/Israeli State Terrorism of the Palestinian People
PANAMA American Invasion of Panama
PAPUA NEW GUINEA OIL
PARAGUAY Alfredo Stroessner seized power in Paraguay in 1954. Under his regime the Indians were hunted down, parents killed, and children sold into slavery. Survivors were herded into reservations headed by American fundamentalist missionaries, some of whom had participated in the hunts. Between 1962 and 1975, Paraguay received $146 million in U.S. aid.
PERU American subversion of democracy
PHILIPPINES American Subversion in the Philippines
American Genocide of the Philippine People
PITCAIRN -
POLAND -
PORTUGAL Antonio de Oliveira Salazar worshipped Hitler and Mussolini, but after they lost, he joined the Allies and became a card-carrying member of NATO. Salazar also kept a little piece of the Dark Ages alive in Western Europe. In 1970, 30% of the population was illiterate, and the infant mortality rate was the second worst in Europe.
PUERTO RICO The poisoning of Vieques by the US Navy
QATAR OIL
REUNION -
ROMANIA -
RUSSIAN FEDERATION OIL American Assassination, Sabotage and Subversion Within the Soviet Union
RWANDA 1994: the French-backed Interahamwe government commits one of the worst massacres in this century. During the 1980s, the CIA helped funnel arms to the Interahamwe through Zaire. US officials now admit that the US tried to cover up the extent of the massacre
SAINT HELENA -
SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS -
SAINT LUCIA -
SAINT PIERRE AND MIQUELON -
SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES -
SAMOA -
SAN MARINO -
SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE -
SAUDI ARABIA OIL King Fahd bin 'Abdul -'Aziz is the absolute monarch of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Fahd and 2000 related royals rule with an iron grip of medieval feudalism. Control over the lives of their citizens is total and arbitrary. Torture is common, and amputation is frequently ordered by the courts. Saudi Arabia is supported by the United States and other western democracies because of the enormous oil wealth that lies below the country's desert sands, its pro-West stance, and the royal family's staunch anti-fundamentalist position.
SENEGAL -
SEYCHELLES -
SIERRA LEONE -
SINGAPORE -
SLOVAKIA -
SLOVENIA -
SOLOMON ISLANDS -
SOMALIA American Slaughter of People in Somalia
SOUTH AFRICA South Africa's apartheid regime was quietly supported by the US government, despite a UN boycott
SOUTH GEORGIA AND THE SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS -
SPAIN -
SRI LANKA -
SUDAN OIL On August 20, 1998 the US bombed and destroyed the El Shifa pharmaceutical plant, the small factory that provided more than half the medicine for Sudan. The US supplied arms in support of the southern anti-Islamic rebels in the civil war.
SURINAME -
SVALBARD AND JAN MAYEN -
SWAZILAND The US supported the conservative, pro-Apartheid monarchy.
SWEDEN -
SWITZERLAND -
SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC OIL
TAIWAN, PROVINCE OF CHINA -
TAJIKISTAN -
TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF The US isolated president Julius Nyerere for his socialist, anti-Apartheid policies. The country was led to economic ruin.
THAILAND American Tyranny and Terrorization of the People of Thailand
TOGO The US supported Gnassingbe Eyadema's long conservative dictatorship despite suppression of the opposition and elections that clearly showed his unpopularity.
TOKELAU -
TONGA -
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO -
TUNISIA -
TURKEY In 1988, according to Amnesty International, "thousands of people were imprisoned for political reasons...and the use of torture continued to be widespread and systematic". Despite its human rights abuses, Turkey can do no wrong in US eyes, for it is one of the CIA's key listening posts on the Soviet border. Not surprisingly, in 1987, Turkey was the third largest recipient of U.S. aid.
TURKMENISTAN -
TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS -
TUVALU -
UGANDA General Idi Amin brutalized his people with British and US military aid and with Israeli and CIA training of his troops
UKRAINE -
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES OIL
UNITED KINGDOM -
United Nations -
UNITED STATES MINOR OUTLYING ISLANDS -
URUGUAY American-backed torture.
UZBEKISTAN -
VANUATU CIA destabilizing a progressive government. See an article by Mark Zapezauer.
VENEZUELA OIL CIA destabilizing Chavez. See an article by William Blum.
VIET NAM OIL American Genocide of the Vietnamese People
VIRGIN ISLANDS, BRITISH -
VIRGIN ISLANDS, U.S -
WALLIS AND FUTUNA -
WESTERN SAHARA The US supported Moroccan King Hassan II and his expensive 20-year military occupation of Western Sahara against the Polisario and its allies Algeria and the USSR. US support allowed Morocco to construct and maintain a thousand-mile wall of sand near the Western Sahara borders and force the country's occupants to remain refugees in Algeria.
YEMEN OIL Minutes after Yemen voted against the [UN] resolution [in 1990] to attack Iraq, a senior American diplomat told the Yemeni ambassador: "That was the most expensive 'no' vote you ever cast." Within three days, a US aid program of $70m to one of the world's poorest countries was stopped. [from an article by John Pilger]
YUGOSLAVIA American/NATO State Terrorism of the Yugoslavian People. (Photos).
Kosovo
See also Bosnia.
ZAMBIA The US shunned Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia for his anti-Apartheid policies and support of the ANC and SWAPO. Zambia's economy was ruined in supporting the anti-Apartheid struggle.
ZIMBABWE -


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