Business is business I guess right?
Also, I'm not really sure why you added Japan. They where an enemy of the US in WW2, did some bad shit to countries they occupied but their empire wasn't exactly any more or less evil than any other country at the time. Except for perhaps the whole Third Reich they where allied with. Did you forget that the US unleashed one of the most destructive forces known to man on the country, and poisoned the land? Atleast it ended the war, but shit man. It's a bit of a long shot to add japan in that list. Oh and also considering that the western influence brought in by the US nearly destroyed their culture and brought the end of samurai's. Those guys were cool, maybe egocentric in some cases but cool.
- The US was a major player in a plot to depose a democratically elected government. After which they put in place a puppet government. Sometime later the iranian revolution kicks in which ousts the puppet government, thus giving birth to todays Islamic republic of Iran. This resulted in the US cutting all ties with the newly formed government and continued demonizing of the country for the foreseeable future. So in summary, you can happily thank the deeds of US leadership which had created the Iran that now exists today, compared to one which was based on democratic freedom before the coup. There is a reason why many older persians will speak of the liberties they once had prior to the revolution.
- During the Iran/Iraq war which occured shortly after the revolution, the US supplied Iraq with weapons during their invasion of iran, they also turned a blind eye to the use of chemical weapons against civilian populations and also helped Iraq pick out targets and encouraged attacks against civilian populations in major cities. This being part of many other countries in an attempt to destroy the revolutions influence in Iran which threatened stability in the region (Or atleast it was percieved by the countries neighbours that way.) Noting that the revolution would have never happened in the first place had the US not supported the coup of the previous democratic government.
- During this war the US had directly launched a military operation against Iran, they had also shot down a civilian airliner carrying 290 passengers - not all persians, and this includes women and children. The attack was claimed to have mistaken the plane as a warplane. However this story has proven to be untrue.
- After the war continued sanctions and military operations within Iran by the US government. Mainly espionage and operations attempting to destabilize the country further, as well as violations against diplomatic personal.
- "The Grand Bargain" proposal, in which Iran attempted to resume diplomatic relations with the US, offering to withdraw all support for terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah, and to shutdown its nuclear program. Which unfortunately was ignored by good ol' George W Bush at the time who was too busy demonizing the country.
And nations seem to wonder, or atleast make the people wonder why Iran hates them and the west so much. Now they have a disgusting government which should not be in power, based a deep fear of its existence because of external aggression. This is a sad tale, and the people suffer greatly for it. Funny thing is, the youth still love America for its ideals - but they are too young to know of the wrongs that where committed against their country. The old are bitter, they remember the war and threats it had to endure.
Now I was going to list some info of more countries but my time is spent and my main focus lately has been on the situation going on today as opposed to history lessons.
I encourage people looking up things for themselves, the US is based on great ideals, but in action alot of it is just business with agenda's behind it. Atleast with the Obama administration some of the US's foreign policy has taken a lighter tone, although it has entirely stopped. Right now the state is arming rebels in syria.. now this on the surface sees great and all.. on the surface your arming a revolution against an totalitarian government. But in truth it is actually creating more instability in the country at the cost of civilian lives, and backing terrorist organizations which are working with the rebel groups because they share the same interests. The fact remains that Al Qaeda is operating in Syria and it is being armed with munitions while it supports the rebel movement in Syria. This is just creating a breeding ground for radical groups right now. The chief aim appears to be at taking away more power from Iran who is the even bigger player in that region in todays age. I'm all for downing the Iranian regime, but not through the methods the US employs. Which is just creating an even more impoverished country. The one thing I can commend the US on right now is holding back to let tensions defuse. For those that are not aware, im talking about the whole Israel/Iran/Saudi arabia drama going on right now, and israel wanting to drag you guys into another war (one which would play out alot worse than Iraq ever did.) because THEY feel a little insecure.
Heres some wiki references because im lazy to go shuffling around for more articles, but feel free to search them up yourselves and cross reference the information.
This is just one country.
Consider these also. Just from the top of my head. Different stories, some against the country, some for. Saudia arabia is listed in particular because even though the countries commits some of the worse offenses against humanity it is still supported, even more so than most of the US' allies. It's a little like a love relationship where you can't see your partners flaws.
Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Libya, Egypt and Syria.
And this is just the middle east/north africa.
The United States of America never had the role of playing peace keeper in the middle east, just like every single other country in the world. It's always been about the financial gains and protecting business interests. Not even helping afghanistan was good when the USSR invaded it back in the day. That help founded the taliban as well as the CIA funded Al Qaeda group. (atleast it was back then - not now though... well.. sort of. They technically still get some indirect help given recent events.)
To summarise, the middle east has every reason in the world to hate not only the US but countries such as the UK, Israel, Germany, France, China, Russia, and so on. Though saying they have a reason doesn't imply they actually do - because they don't. However with that being said the end result has been that alot of the problems in the middle east today have been created because of foreign interests, and the US as well as Britain being the two major players who got it all started.
I love American Ideals, but in practice.. so very little of it has proven to ring true in its foreign policy, and I hope atleast on the home front that isn't on the decline.
It's got a little too much of "Live the western life or don't live at all!" Maybe they don't want massive pipelines sucking all the resources from their country to fuel your SUV guzzlers back at home. Not that they don't if they where to be compensated fairly for said resources, but atleast being treated a little differently might not of created the situation that there is today.
The US only polices its own interests, and not so much the humanitarian needs of people.
Gotta love greed.
Its a sad world, and it could be better.