America the Despised: A Letter from Athens

Conservatives and churchgoers are joining the Greek Left to form a new and more visceral anti-Americanism.

Issue: Spring 2002

In the summer of 1999, the popular Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis said during an interview: "I hate Americans and everything American. I hope that the youth will begin to hate everything American." This most popular of Greek contemporary composers-a close friend of Slobodan Milosevic, who was reportedly ferried around in the latter's private plane-had already been widely acclaimed for his assertion during the Kosovo war that "there is no difference between Hitler and Clinton." Moreover, he advocated at the time a nuclear alliance formed of Greece, Belarus, Serbia and Russia and directed against Greece's erstwhile NATO allies-the United States in particular.

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