Anyone But Bush NOTD – 3/17/2004
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By KellyMc - Last updated: Wednesday, March 17, 2004 - Save & Share - One Comment

Argue all you want about the state of America’s standing in the international community pre-Shrub, but there is little doubt that “we’ve fallen in the eyes”: of most of the world.

bq. A majority of people living in Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan and Turkey say they believe the U.S. is conducting its campaign against terror to control Mideast oil and to dominate the world, according to an international poll released Tuesday. …

bq. When people in the nine countries including Britain and the United States were asked if the campaign against terrorism was a sincere effort to reduce international terrorism, majorities in France, Germany and the four Muslim-majority countries felt it was not. Almost half in Russia felt it was not, while majorities in Britain and the United States said they believe the campaign is a sincere effort to fight terrorism. …

bq. People in the surveyed Muslim countries remain angry about U.S. policies, and even supportive of Osama bin Laden, the Saudi terrorist who took credit for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

bq. Almost two-thirds of the people in Pakistan say they view bin Laden favorably a significant finding because U.S. troops are trying to find bin Laden in the mountainous region on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan. More than half of those in Jordan and almost half of those polled in Morocco had a favorable view of the Saudi terrorist. …

bq. About half in Pakistan said suicide bombings carried out by Palestinians against Israelis and against U.S. troops in Iraq can be justified. Two-thirds or more in Jordan and Morocco say it can be justified in both situations.

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One Response to “Anyone But Bush NOTD – 3/17/2004”

Comment from Jank
Time March 17, 2004 at 4:46 pm

We can be sure that the Russians are getting fair and balanced coverage of their government and our actions in Iraq, ‘specially when the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe alledges that the sitting President got way too much coverage in state press, and that the most recent elections were only marginally fair.

I’d be interested in seeing the trend lines for the survey – do you think that before 2001, more or less folks in Muslim countries would have viewed us favorably, or would it have mattered much? People around the world didn’t like us much in the ’80s or ’90s, AIR.

Though I can’t fault the survey too much, or bear too much ill will towards the folks in the Muslim countries: Ratings for the United Nations are relatively high in European countries, and low in the Muslim countries. Just over half in the United States, 55 percent, gave a favorable rating to the U.N. They hate the UN, we hate the UN – it’s a building block…

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