Arnold Toynbee, the eminent British historian and friend of the United States, as quoted in the New York Times of May 7, 1971:
"To most Europeans, I guess, America now looks like the
most dangerous country in the world. Since America is
unquestionably the most powerful country, the transformation
of America's image within the last thirty years is very
frightening for Europeans. It is probably still more frightening
for the great majority of the human race who are neither
Europeans nor North Americans, but are Latin Americans,
Asians, and Africans. They, I imagine, feel even more insecure
than we feel. They feel that, at any moment, America may
intervene in their internal affairs, with the same appalling
consequences as have followed from the American intervention in Southeast Asia."
"For the world as a whole, the CIA has now become the bogey
that communism has been for America. Wherever there is
trouble, violence, suffering, tragedy, the rest of us are now
quick to suspect the CIA had a hand in it. Our phobia about
the CIA is, no doubt, as fantastically excessive as America's
phobia about world communism; but in this case, too, there is
just enough convincing guidance to make the phobia genuine.
In fact, the roles of America and Russia have been reversed in
the world's eyes. Today America has become the nightmare."