Friday, April 18, 2008

Attitudes Toward US Worsen in Arab World

Attitudes Toward US Worsen in Arab World - by Jim Lobe: "Nearly two-thirds, or 64 percent, of more than 4,000 respondents in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) said they held a 'very unfavorable' attitude of the United States, up from 57 percent in late 2006, while 19 percent more said their views were 'somewhat unfavorable' – roughly comparable to the results of 17 months ago. At the same time, support for Iran and its nuclear program appears to have risen over the same period..."

Ronald Reagan said the U.S. should be the "shining beacon on the hill." He was suggesting that pre-emptive strikes aren't the answer. Results come from being a pristine example to the world, one that will give oppressed people of the world hope and one that they can hold up to their totalitarian leaders as proof that another system can work. Instead, we are giving those very leaders the political ammunition to continue to torture, spy, undermine civil liberties, make war, jail without trial, pre-emptively strike imagined enemies, manipulate the economy, etc...

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