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Old 12-05-2002, 03:32 AM   #1
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this from Yahoo news. I thought it was pretty interesting because I have a good friend who's studying in France this year, and she's told me that whenever she tells people she's American they go on a huge rant about how much they hate American foreign policy.


U.S. Culture Still Has Fans
By SONYA ROSS, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - In the eyes of much of the world, this is America: an inconsiderate lone wolf that has really good entertainment but really bad values, that wants war with Iraq just to get oil but still should remain as the only superpower on Earth.

In a broad international survey released Wednesday, the Pew Global Attitudes Project found that the United States is falling out of favor in 19 of 27 countries where a trend could be identified.

The dislike was especially striking in Muslim countries. Seventy-five percent of those surveyed in Jordan had an unfavorable opinion of America, as did 69 percent of Egyptians and Pakistanis and 59 percent of Lebanese. In Egypt, Jordan, Indonesia, Senegal, Turkey and Lebanon, the vast majority said they oppose the U.S.-led war on terrorism.

But ill will toward the United States was also found in supposedly friendly nations like Canada, Britain and Germany.

"The biggest headline is the slipping image of the United States, not simply that we're not liked in the Muslim world," said Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center. "But there is still a great reserve of good will toward the United States."

The surveys in 44 countries were conducted by established survey organizations in each country between July and October, with polls done by phone in eight of the most developed countries and face-to-face in the others. The error margins ranged from plus or minus 2 percentage points to 4.5 points, depending on the sample size.

A generally favorable view of America is held in 35 of the 42 countries that took part in the survey. Among Russians, U.S. popularity has surged 24 points, from 37 percent two years ago to 61 percent today. Similarly, 77 percent of Nigerians and 85 percent of Uzbeks had pro-U.S. views, up 31 percent and 29 percent respectively.

The most common criticisms of the United States are that it acts by itself, it pushes policies that widen the gap between rich and poor nations, and it doesn't do enough to solve the world's problems.

Americans don't necessarily agree.

Seventy-five percent of Americans polled said U.S. foreign policy is considerate of others. But next door, only 25 percent of Canadians said America is a considerate world citizen. Perhaps surprisingly, U.S. foreign policy was deemed considerate by 53 percent of respondents in Germany, a harsh critic of President Bush (news - web sites)'s position on Iraq.

World citizens admire American technology and culture, but not the spread of U.S. ideas and customs; 54 percent of Canadians, 67 percent of Germans, 71 percent of the French and 84 percent of Egyptians said it would be bad to spread American ideas and customs.

But Canadians — 77 percent of them — also said they like American music, movies and TV. It was much the same for Venezuela (78 percent), Poland (70 percent), Japan (74 percent), Ivory Coast (84 percent) and Great Britain (76 percent).

U.S. officials have tried to do something about America's image problem abroad. The White House established an office of "global communications" to provide in-depth explanations of President Bush's foreign policy.

Madeleine Albright (news - web sites), secretary of state during the Clinton administration and chair of the Pew survey, said the fact that the United States is the world's only superpower may have led to the results.

"In many ways, we are viewed as the rich guy living on the hill," Albright said. "We have seen this coming since the end of the Cold War."

Most of the people surveyed said they don't want the world to again have more than one superpower. Even in Russia, 53 percent said they believe the world is safer with just one.

In Germany, the percentage of people who hold a favorable view of the United States fell 17 points over two years. In 1999/2000, 78 percent of Germans considered the United States favorably, this year 61 percent.

In Turkey, which is being actively courted for help in a possible war with Iraq, pro-U.S. views dropped from 52 percent to 30 percent.

Sentiments were similar in Argentina, where 34 percent saw the United States in a good light, compared to 50 percent two years ago. In Indonesia and the Slovak Republic, favorable ratings fell 14 points.

Large percentages of Muslim respondents in several countries said they believe suicide bomb attacks are a justifiable defense of Islam. This was especially so in Lebanon, where 73 percent supported this belief.

Also, 21 countries rated the news media as a good influence, while the military was seen as a good influence in 15 countries. Five gave the top rating in influence to religious leaders. Only one, Ivory Coast, said the national government is the top influence.

In six countries — Britain, France, Germany, Russia, Turkey and the United States — the majority said Iraq poses a great or moderate threat to the world, and Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) must go.

Only 22 percent of Americans said oil is the United States' real motive for pursuing war with Iraq, but 44 percent of the British, 75 percent of the French, 54 percent of Germans and 76 percent of Russians held that view.

When it comes to conditions at home, Uzbeks and the Vietnamese were the happiest of all. Sixty-nine percent said they are satisfied with the state of their countries. In Peru and Argentina, only 3 percent of respondents said they are pleased with the way things are at home.
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i hope they didnt spend too much money conducting that poll. i could have told them that myself.

but you know, america is always right about everything.

i found the part about foreign policy hilarious. most people think american foreign policy stinks, but 75% of americans themselves think its ok. funny that. do these americans live in foreign countries? ofcourse not.

*shakes head

the more i read and hear about the us, the more angry i get inside. it frightens me, actually.
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Interesting to note that many of the countries with an unfavorable view of the USA also said that suicide bombing of innocent civilians is a justifiable defense of Islam. hmmmm real smart those people must be.

Most Germans, 53%, have a positive view of US foreign Policy! Looks like German citizens may understand a thing or two about foreign policy after all, unlike are friends to the North.
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Interesting to note that many of the countries with an unfavorable view of the USA also said that suicide bombing of innocent civilians is a justifiable defense of Islam. hmmmm real smart those people must be.
The individuals who said this have every right, just as Americans do in wanting to kill thousands of Iraqi civilians in the name of justice. It goes both ways.

I gathered from the article that most foriegners disapprove of our government and enjoy our people. This is my opinion as well, and doesn't it feel good to be a part of the majority! ahhhhhhhhh
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A generally favorable view of America is held in 35 of the 42 countries that took part in the survey.
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I read most of this report yesterday. There is somrthing to be learned here.


A Pakistani demonstrator poses as death, shrouded in a U.S. flag, to protest against U.S. support of Israel.
Provided by: Reuters © 2002


The Pew Global Attitudes survey interviewed more than 38,000 people in 44 nations.

The questionnaire was translated into 63 languages and dialects. Most interviews were conducted face-to-face in the respondent’s home.

Opinions about the U.S., however, are complicated and contradictory. People around the world embrace things American and, at the same time, decry U.S. influence on their societies. Similarly, pluralities in most of the nations surveyed complain about American uni-lateralism. But the war on terrorism, the centerpiece of current U.S. foreign policy, continues to enjoy global support outside the Muslim world.


The above are excerpts from the study. The report is available ---> HERE
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Large percentages of Muslim respondents in several countries said they believe suicide bomb attacks are a justifiable defense of Islam. This was especially so in Lebanon, where 73 percent supported this belief.


Read abit closer SINTG2. Large perscentages in SEVERAL countries.

Oh and i bet you'd have a fovorable view about us.
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she's told me that whenever she tells people she's American they go on a huge rant about how much they hate American foreign policy.
I bet they loved it (our foreign policy) when they could not properly defend there own country and we had to do for them what they could not do for themselves.


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LOL. Oops- now I feel dumb. But even the countries that have a generally favorable view have some bones to pick with the US (or their opinion has dropped)- that's what I was referring to with my subject.
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but you know, america is always right about everything.

i found the part about foreign policy hilarious. most people think american foreign policy stinks, but 75% of americans themselves think its ok. funny that. do these americans live in foreign countries? ofcourse not.

*shakes head

the more i read and hear about the us, the more angry i get inside. it frightens me, actually.
I feel the same way. I'm so pissed off at the nearsightedness of our government that I can't stand it. Our neighbors to the north haven't looked so good since the Veitnam war.

I must be stupid, but doesn't it seem that Bush is itching for war so bad that nothing the UN or the Inspectors do will be right. This will of course increase our standing in the world community.

I was so glad to hear The Edge speak out against unilateral violence on the part of the US (Hot Press). I'm sure Bono would also like to, but can't piss off Washington when he's trying to get money out of them. I seriously doubt he really thinks "Bush seems to have a feel for the crisis in Africa". My ass Bush has a feel for anything that advances Corporate America's profits period.

edited cause I have children that always seem to need homework help right when I'm typing.
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Danospano,

Americans do not desire to see Iraqi civilians die. Americans want Iraq to be disarmed and 16 UN resolutions its in violation of complied with.

Bonoman,

Sorry but whats your point? What are correcting me on?

Scarletwine,

The United Nations has already approved 15-0 Bushes resolution on Iraq. Any move against Iraq will be as apart of a Coalition. But the USA would certainly not stop to defend itself and others just because it was alone in doing what was required to insure international security.

By the way, freeing up more oil from Iraq would actually hurt oil companies as the price of oil would go down from more supply. But Iraq is already selling a lot of its oil on the market through the UN approved program for humanitarian assistance. Again, this is about weapons of mass destruction and the concluding the 1991 Gulf War and the 16 resolutions Iraq is in violation of from the aftermath of that war.
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By the way, freeing up more oil from Iraq would actually hurt oil companies as the price of oil would go down from more supply.
The only oil companies it would hurt are those that aren't busily pumping oil out of the newly "liberated" Iraq. Freeing up the oil in Iraq gives American oil companies a chance to tap into the second largest oil reserve in the world. Do you think someone who received millions of dollars in campaign donations from (and spent many years involved in) oil companies would choose now to make a move that would hurt the oil and gas industry? And then consider other members of the Bush team. Dick Cheney was the CEO for Halliburton Incorporated, the world's largest oil field services company. Condoleeza Rice was on Chevron's board of directors. Chevron even named an oil tanker after her. Do you think Cheney and Rice would now turn their backs on Big Oil? Not likely. While this conflict may include concerns about weapons of mass destruction and violated UN resolutions, to deny that it has anything to do with oil interests is simply naive.


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Sorry to burst your conspiracy bubble but here is some facts about supply and demand. The price of oil or for that matter the price you pay to fill up your car at the pump is directly effected by the amount of supply of oil that is available worldwide. Oil companies would make a great deal more money if the supply of oil was limited or cut off in many cases from various parts of the world. When supply goes down, demand for the remaining supply jumps which causes a massive price increase. Foreign oil in the USA keeps the price of oil and the price you pay to fill up your car down! When the price of oil goes down, Oil companies in general make less money. I know, my uncle worked for Mobile Oil for decades. Any war in Iraq will only eventually lead to more oil being available on the market. As you said, Iraq has the second largest oil reserves in the world. Making sure this oil gets dumped on the market will drive the price of oil and the price people like you and me pay for energy DOWN. Price falls in response to an increase in supply.

Is this in the profit interest of oil companies, NO. Is it in the interest of the US economy, global economy, and individuals like me and you that have heating and gas bills to pay, YES! Is the reason were so concerned in the region to begin with because of Oil, YES! Its because we want Oil and energy to be Cheap. We want Cheap Oil! I'm interested in Cheap Oil just like every other consumer. When consumers spend less on energy, they spend more money on goods and benefits that boost the economy. Are Oil companies interested in cheap Oil, NO. They want to either have high Oil prices or at the very least have and Oil price thats at the market equilibrium and not below it. Its nice though from time to time when price is below the market equilibrium to give the economy that extra push.
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anyone else find an uncanny resemblance between sting2 and achtung bubba?

...and al gore?
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Zoomerang96,

Oh and whats the resemblance? Is it because I have a different view point? Is it because you do not like my view point?
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