Vince Dhimos answered a question at Quora.
HAS THE WORLD VIEW OF THE US DECLINED IN RECENT YEARS AND IF SO WHY?
This question reflects the utter refusal of Western msm to share the slightest bit of sensitive information about the US and its relations with the rest of the world. And of course, it reflects the hesitancy of Westerners to go beyond the msm. The best sites to save Westerners from absolute darkness about the happenings and situations in the Middle East and other war zones are:
Even the Israeli site Haaretz provides honest information on the plight of the Palestinians. Gideon Levy is a renegade journalist who deplores the absolute atrocities suffered by the Palestinians. The only catch is most articles are pay to read. However, some, especially those aimed at American audiences, are free.
Some of you are already using RT and Sputnik, which provide details you’ll be hard put to find anywhere in Western media.
The image of the US in most countries has virtually plummeted in recent years.
In the Middle East, the Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth poll shows that, in a dramatic reversal from the year before, the US had become the least trusted non-Arab nation while Russia had become the most trusted. The reasons should be obvious to you but the msm have, again, shed nothing but darkness on news consumers. Here is a previous Quora post of mine that provides vital details you are being denied: https://www.quora.com/Are-there-any-sources-for-American-involvement-in-the-Middle-East-since-9-11-It-s-for-a-paper/answer/Vince-Dhimos
Even Israel has begun to see the US in a different light here of late. The Israeli government has been pushing hard for years to persuade the US to attack Iran or at least pick up after an Israeli attack. The Saudis might be pleased as well if the US waged such a fight. But they’ve both been disappointed here of late. The first sign of a change in US behaviour was the US non-response to the missile assault on the Saudi Aramco oil refining facility. The only response was a threat and an accusation, without evidence as usual. Then while the US tripped all over itself to organize an international “freedom of shipping” initiative, European allies pulled a no-show. And the show-stopper was a Russian-Chinese-Iranian 3-way naval drill in the Gulf of Oman, where the trio warned that any ship or aircraft that horned in would be hit!
This provocation was answered by an aerial attack on the Iran-allied Kata’ib Hezbollah brigade in Iraq on the flimsy pretext of avenging an attack on a US base. As usual, there was no evidence whatsoever that this brigade was in any way responsible for the attack on the US base. Worse, the Kata’ib Hezbollah attack was very unconsidered because, while the US was taking pains to avoid hitting the official Iraqi armed forces, this brigade belongs to the al-Ḥashd ash-Shaʿbī, ie, the Popular Mobilization Forces, which are now regarded as an official force with similar rights as those of the regular army. In other words, the US was in fact attacking Iraqi government forces – the ones it claims to be supporting. Further, the assaulted brigade was tasked with fighting ISIS, which, if the US really were interested in fighting terror, well, you know... In all fairness, it is hard to expect US high command to know much about the countries they invade and occupy. They are too busy bombing civilians and destroying vital infrastructure. The upshot of this incompetence has been a days-long violent protest by friends and family of the slain warriors. In general, Iraq has long been clamouring for the US troops to leave. The US response? You guessed it. 750 more US troops will be sent for the stated purpose of protecting the US troops already very much unwanted in Iraq.
In Europe, the US has been making waves with rude statements about European leaders ever since 2016, and has been trying to intervene unfairly in trade. The most egregious example, and one that has strained relations the most, is the attempt by the US to force Germany and its neighbours to buy the extremely costly US LNG (liguid natural gas) by forbidding it to buy Russian gas, on the obviously phony pretext that buying Russian gas will make Europe energy-dependent on Russia (which is not perceived as an enemy by Europe). The US Congress has gone so far as to sanction companies involved in the laying of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is almost completed. The hardest hit was the Dutch-Swiss company Allseas, 2 specialized ships of which were laying the pipes. None of the sanctioned companies was violating any international or European laws.
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