Arab World Remains Hostile, Fearful Toward US

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posted on Dec, 7 2005 @ 07:37 AM
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Inter Press Service

Most Arabs continue to believe the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq has harmed prospects for both stability and democratic development in the region, as well as the welfare of Iraqis themselves, according to survey's designer, Dr. Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development Studies at the University of Maryland and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

The survey, the third in an annual series overseen by the polling firm Zogby International, was based on interviews with a total of 3,900 people in Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates in the latter half of October.

Thus, 81 percent of respondents said that the Iraq war had brought "less peace" (rather than "more peace") to the Middle East, compared to 92 percent in the 2004 survey. Similarly, 78 percent said the war had produced "more terrorism", compared to 84 percent in 2004; and 58 percent said it had produced "less democracy", compared to the 64 percent who made that assessment 15 months ago.

As to Iraq itself, 77 percent of respondents in the five countries said Iraqis were "worse off" as a result of the war, compared to 82 percent who said so in the summer of 2004. Only six percent said Iraqis were better off.


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Altho the Numbers have dropped since the last years Research, they are still speaking for themselves. Big Majorities do not agree with US presence in the Middle East and agree, that they Increase War not Peace.

Most of them think, that the United States are there to Protect Oil Reserves, Isreal, to Dominate the Region, to Weaken the Islamic World - only few answered with the Reasons that are mentioned in the west Corporate Media (WMD's, Peace & Stability, Human Rights, Democracy).

In words of Doctor Telhami:

"Iraq has become the new prism of pain through which Arabs are looking at the U.S. and the world," he said, noting that 80 percent of respondents said they based their views on U.S. "policies", rather than U.S. or western "values" or way of life.

Mod Edit: Reduced High Word Count In News Quote.

[edit on 7/12/2005 by Mirthful Me]




posted on Dec, 7 2005 @ 07:49 AM
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Is there any surprise to this?
The Arab World has been hostile and untrustful of the US for decades.
This article only shows that such hostility has not changed.
Question though:
Is the Arab World hostilities aimed at the US, in general, or is it attributed to the US government and its Arab World foreign policies, or is it simply the Western Americanized way of life influencing their section of the world?






seekerof



posted on Dec, 7 2005 @ 08:35 AM
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Originally posted by Seekerof
Is there any surprise to this?
The Arab World has been hostile and untrustful of the US for decades.
This article only shows that such hostility has not changed.

Exactly.
So - what has the West done for Peace in the Middle East?
If you do not count the Oil Rich Countries, which are either:

a.) "Liberated"
b.) Long time Business Partners with the West

Other Middle Easter counries, that are not so "Lucky" ca go screw themselves along with their Problems.



Question though:
Is the Arab World hostilities aimed at the US, in general, or is it attributed to the US government and its Arab World foreign policies, or is it simply the Western Americanized way of life influencing their section of the world?

I think that Arab Hostilites towards the West are not Aimed just at US. When you go, let's say to Egypt, you will be looked at like a Western Guy and therefore you will be treated as such. They do not care if you are German, Italian, English or American. In their eyes that is all the Same, as it is the "Civilized West", which has influenced the Middle East for centuries Long.

BUT - the Supowerpower of the West is the United States, which all others Follow. And everybody in the Middle East knows how the US supports Isreal and that the US is currently in Iraq. Meaning that the Anger and Hatred, is therefore mirrorer upon every Western Country that has adopted the "American way of Life" and is contributing their little stone into the War on Terrorism conglomerate. Even our small and insignificant country of 2 Million people has troops in Afganistan, meaning that some guy somewhere in Afganistan KNOWS that even Slovenia is INVADING his Country - even if its a small detachment of Military Police. In his eyes that does not matter. He is a soldier form the West, driving around in Humvees and armed like the US soldiers.



seekerof

Taliban.




posted on Dec, 7 2005 @ 10:00 AM
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Maybe the Muslim world as hostile to us two centuries before. And we are hostile to them for capturing our sailors and forcing us to pay ransom. Guess both sides never forgot the past.





 
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