Ameriphobia

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    After 9/11, somebody coined the term "Islamaphobia". The term is often used to describe anybody that would express a negative attitude about Islamism.
    How come the same people don't accuse people such as those that have recently attacked American embassy's of having "Ameriphobia"? The term could be used to describe anybody that has a negative attitude about America.
     
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    If you need a label that bad.
     
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    Islamophobia is the prejudice against, or hatred or irrational fear of, Muslims. I agree, you could coin the same term for how much of the world feels about America. There is definitely an irrational fear/hatred of us.
     
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    A coin has two sides to it.
     
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    Technically there are three surface areas of a coin.
     
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    "Phobia" means FEAR, not a "negative attitude".

    There is no PHOBIA of Americans. There is a STRONG negative attitude towards Americans.

    Therefore, the term "Ameriphobia" is not valid.
     
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    I would say the same applies to the term Islamaphobia, yet look how it is used.
    See the term "homophobia" for another example of the bastardization of "phobia".
    I know what "phobia" means, but look how it used by those claiming things such as 'Islamaphobia".
     
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    Tell that to the people in the Middle East fighting the C.I.A. backed "Arab Spring".
     
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    Of course there is fear. A deep fear of everything we are and everything they assume we are.
     
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    It’s possible the OP is attempting to make a point, however inane – something along the lines of a ‘double-standard,’ where those who are quick to condemn individuals unjustly critical of Islam are suddenly ‘silent’ when America is attacked.

    There is of course no double-standard; as products of an enlightened, just, and tolerant society, Americans are expected to understand that the actions of individuals are not representative of a race, ethnic group, or religion overall; to perceive otherwise is clearly irrational.
     

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