Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Moslems don't like the US - who would have thought...

CNN has printed an article about Europe and Moslem allies being suspicious of the US.

Basically, Europeans think that the US acts in its own interests (duh, surprise, doesn't everybody?), that the US doesn't make a sufficient effort to consider the interests of other countries as well in their policy decisions (unfortunately true), and Europeans are jealous of American power and want some too (well, guys, keep working on it - IMO a stronger EU would be a good thing).

Let's see about the Moslem allies:

"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 September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

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."

"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."

Hmm, what was it about only a tiny percentage of Moslems being supportive of terrorists?

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