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Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Friday, December 02, 2005

AlJazeera poll: Arabs still hate America

Al Jazeera conducted a poll and the results are shocking I tell ya, shocking. It says that arabs blame America for like, almost everything that goes on in this region. And here I thought arabs loved the USA. I am shocked. Were you shocked? I am shocked! People in Arab nations believe the Iraq war has brought less peace, more terrorism and contrary to Washington's claims, will result in less democracy, a new poll indicates. [...] When asked which country was the biggest threat to them, most respondents chose Israel or the United States, while France was nominated as the country most respondents would like to be a superpower. Oh lord. Yeah. That would be great. They would get shit done and win important wars and really crack down on those countries that want to develop nuclear weapons. Wait, no, that's the USA. France doesn't win wars, can't get anything done but critisize the US and their kind of pressure on Iran is more like "Dude, if you are going to do this, I am not going to talk to you for a week, ok?" This is funny, because suddenly it's all forgotten that France colonized half of the region, attacked Egypt in 1956, wouldn't give up Algiers for the life of it, and hey, remember muslims, they banned the veil. Yet you still want it to be a super power? God you are a logical bunch! Anyway, let's see what those people believed. Eighty-one per cent of respondents said the Iraq war had brought "less peace" to the Middle East, while only 6% believed it had enhanced peace. Ehh, it's a war dude! And it's not over. Of course in that sense it borught "less peace". Seventy-eight per cent of people questioned believed the Iraq war had resulted in more terrorism than before, while 58% said it brought less democracy, with only 9% believing it enhanced democratic development. Ok, let's say that the Iraq war resulted in more terrorism- altough I think it's a fallacy because association is not causation- and let's focus on the "less democracy people here for a second. Hmm... 2 Iraqi elections, a syria-free Lebanon election, Egypt forced to succumb to 2 semi-decent elections, altough freedom of speech is now at an unparlleled high compared to the way things were. Saudi is starting to talk about women voting. Ohh yeah. Less democracy. I see their point. Hey, at least 9% of those polled had a brain. Baby steps people, baby steps.


At 12/02/2005 10:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

YIPPPEEEE!! Baby steps! Liberty and justice for all!:)

At 12/03/2005 01:14:00 AM, Blogger programmer craig said...

We get to vote on the next superpower now!? Well, I also vote for France. Who wouldn't? If somebody (besides you) is going to be a super-power, then of course you wnat it to be the suckiest possible super-power. It's common sense.

At 12/03/2005 01:25:00 AM, Blogger programmer craig said...

I wonder if they asked respondents if they support terrorism, before they asked them their opinions about US efforts to fight terrorism? You know, because that might kinda skew the answers a bit. Just a thought. Considering that in the last regional poll I saw published, about half the population in the polled countries said they supported terrorism...

At 12/03/2005 11:26:00 AM, Blogger Papa Ray said...

Its strange, human behaviour in the ME and other places in the world only are against terrorists killing them. Its ok though when they kill infidels.

France will be a Muslim controlled country in a few years. I really don't want them to be a "Super Power" then.

Iran will be enought to worry about.

Papa Ray
West Texas

At 12/03/2005 11:58:00 AM, Blogger Kat said...

Well, papa ray went where I was going and maybe what they really meant was that NOW there is more terrorism in say Saudi Arabia.

Oh, bummer. the chickens came home to roost.

And, a little hyperbole, if France is a superpower and it becomes a radical Muslim led nation, at least we'd have a whole state to bomb instead of trying to pick them off one at a time. (the Islamists that is; I wouldn't mind seeing American military marching through the arch de triumph again)

At 12/04/2005 02:20:00 AM, Blogger Freedomnow said...

How can you have less Democracy than Hussein's one man Presidential election?

It proves the sensationalism behind Bush hate.


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