Is any body surprised? This is very sad and alarming

“The percentage of people expressing “a lot of confidence” or “some confidence” in bin Laden was higher than similar ratings for Bush in the Palestinian territories (71 percent to 1 percent), Morocco (49 percent to 2 percent), Jordan (55 percent to 1 percent), Indonesia (58 percent to 8 percent) and Turkey (15 percent to 8 percent). The only Arab countries where Bush outscored the man viewed by most Westerners as an international terrorism mastermind were Lebanon (17 percent to 14 percent) and Kuwait (62 percent to 19 percent). Kuwait was freed from Iraqi occupation in 1991 by U.S.-led forces and served as the jumping-off point for the invasion of Iraq.”

PARIS — The war in Iraq has widened the rift between the United States and the rest of the world, with a steep plunge in Americans’ views of their traditional allies and a further surge of anti-Americanism in Muslim countries, a global opinion survey shows.

The poll forcefully supported the finding of an earlier survey that a U.S. war with Iraq would fuel anti-American sentiment.

The poll of more than 15,000 people in 20 countries and the Palestinian Authority, conducted in May by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, also showed a significant loss of faith in two major international institutions created out of the ashes of World War II – the United Nations and NATO.

“The figures show that the publics – the European public and our public – are feeling that the ties that have bound us together for the last 50 years are weakening,” said Madeleine Albright, the former U.S. secretary of state and chair of the Pew Global Attitudes Project. “I see this as very serious.” Common Dreams


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