Seven months after 9/11 the question that still seems to vex most Americans - tough media pundits and seasoned Washington hands no less than ordinary people in the streets -- is 'why do they hate us?' Friends and adversaries alike may protest 'we don't hate you, we just don't love you as much as you'd like to be loved.' And it is true, we Americans are delicate imperialists, sensitive warriors who want our goodwill to be affirmed even as we engage actively in what looks to others very much like global military and economic hegemony.