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]