[lit-ideas] Bigger Danger to World Peace

  • From: "Peter D. Junger" <junger@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2006 13:32:57 -0400

From the Guardian.

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Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2006 11:15:42 -0400
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Subject: Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Iraq war seen as biggest threat 
to peace
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   Iraq war seen as biggest threat to peace
   Read the full survey
   Ewen MacAskill, diplomatic editor
   Wednesday June 14, 2006

   The US occupation of Iraq presents a bigger danger to world peace than
   Iran's  alleged  nuclear  ambitions,  according  to a worldwide survey
   published on Wednesday.

   The annual survey by the Washington-based Pew Research Centre suggests
   that  support for the US-led "war on terrorism" continues to be on the
   wane around the world, undermined by the Iraq conflict.

   The  Pew,  which  is widely respected and has been running since 2001,
   polled 17,000 people in 15 countries between March and May. In a press
   release,  it  says:  "Despite  growing  concern  over  Iran's  nuclear
   ambitions,  the US presence in Iraq is cited at least as often as Iran
   - and in many countries much more often - as a danger to world peace."

   Only in the US and Germany is Iran seen as presenting a greater danger
   than  the  US  in  Iraq. Public opinion in 12 of the other countries -
   Britain,  France,  Spain,  Russia,  Indonesia,  Egypt, Jordan, Turkey,
   Pakistan,  Nigeria,  India and China - cite the US presence in Iraq as
   being the greater danger. Opinion in Japan was evenly divided.

   Throughout  the  period  the poll was conducted the crisis over Iran's
   nuclear   programme,   intensified   by  hardline  comments  from  its
   president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was repeatedly in the news. Iraq, too,
   has  been  almost daily in the news, with the formation of a new Iraqi
   government being accompanied by fears of a civil war.

   As  well  as  Iraq and Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was also
   high  on  the  list  of  issues  that present a danger to world peace.
   Public  opinion in about a third of the countries polled put it at the
   top of their list of threats.

   The  poll  confirms  the  extent  to  which  the well of international
   goodwill  towards  the  US  in the aftermath of 9/11 is being drained.
   Favourable opinions of the US have fallen in most of the countries.

   One  of the sharpest declines in support for the US has been in Spain.
   Only  23%  of the Spaniards polled expressed positive views of the US,
   down  from  41%  last  year. Even though Madrid suffered a large death
   toll  from  an  al-Qaida  attack two years ago, only about one in four
   supports the "war on terrorism".

   Other  countries  where  positive  views dropped significantly include
   India  (56%,  down  from  71%);  Russia (43%, from 52%); and Indonesia
   (30%,  from  38%).  In  Turkey  only  12%  said they held a favourable
   opinion, compared with 23% last year.

   In  the  UK,  the  US's  closest  ally  in Iraq and the second biggest
   contributor  of  troops, 60% said the Iraq war had made the world more
   dangerous. Only 30% said it had made the world safer.

   Forty-one  per  cent  of  British  people said the US presence in Iraq
   represented  a  great danger to world peace, with 34% citing Iran as a
   big threat.

   By  contrast, concern about Iran has almost doubled in the US over the
   past  two years, according to the poll. Almost half of Americans, 46%,
   view  Mr  Ahmadinejad's government as "a great danger" to stability in
   the  Middle  East  and  world  peace, up from 26% in 2003. The growing
   concern  in the US is shared in Germany, where 51% of those polled see
   Iran  as  a  great  danger to world peace compared with just 18% three
   years ago.

   Public  opinion  is  overwhelming  opposed to Iran acquiring a nuclear

   While the public in most Muslim countries have a high regard for Iran,
   little confidence was expressed in Mr Ahmadinejad. About two-thirds in
   Egypt  and  Jordan  said  they  had little confidence he would "do the
   right thing" in world affairs.

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