Why does the world dislike the United States? We saved France in World War I. We saved Europe in World War II. We rebuilt Europe after WWII. We rebuilt Japan after WWII. We saved South Korea and rebuilt it. We send supplies, rescuers, and money to every natural disaster in the world, even to our enemies like Iran after an earthquake, there. We were harshly criticized for sending an aircraft carrier to provide hospital facilities to save victims of a tsunami, and now we are chastised for not providing adequate aid to the Haitians. Actually the United States is providing more aid than any other country and trying to organize distribution. So why are we being accused of being occupiers?
There may be an explanation why the country that has become the savior of the world draws so much rebuke. I think it was best expressed by an author I consider the Jonathon Swift of mid twentieth century America – Robert Heinlein. In one of his satirical novels, he pointed out that it is human nature to resent anyone to whom we are indebted. Well, the whole world is indebted to the United States. Yes, we do have our friends and allies, like Britain, but even the British manage to find fault. OK, we are not always right, but Americans are still the most generous people on the planet. It would be nice if the rest of the world would cut us a little slack.
Dr. Jacobs is a Reproductive Endocrinologist, practicing in Carrollton, Texas, a northern suburb of Dallas. He completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and remained at that institution to become its first fellow once Baylor achieved accreditation for an advanced training program in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Jacobs has served on the faculty of several medical schools and was director of Reproductive Endocrinology at Texas Tech Health Science Center in Amarillo. Currently, in addition to his clinical activities caring for infertile patients and those with recurrent pregnancy loss, he is Chairman of the IVF committee at Baylor Medical Center in Carrollton.