The view of the US’s role in the world has deteriorated both internationally and domestically, a BBC poll suggests.
The World Service survey, conducted in 25 nations including the US, found that three in four respondents disapproved of how Washington has dealt with Iraq.
The majority of the 26,381 respondents also disapproved of the way five other foreign policy areas have been handled.
(Source: BBC News)
I’m sure US right-wingers will rubbish this poll as much as they rubbished the only scientific study on how many Iraqis had been murdered by their illegal invasion. Hell, perhaps they’ll even try to convince us that only a few extremists oppose the USA’s plan of international dominance through war, even though millions upon millions of ordinary people (a lot of them Americans) have marched against this warmongering.
Yes, this is just a small poll but I do think it’s indicative of America’s standing in the international community. Part of this fall from grace has to be due to America’s leader. The USA seems to have frittered away its reserves of goodwill under the aegis of a man who can rarely, if ever, string a coherent sentence together.
Think of the millions of intelligent, articulate, wise Americans there are – is George Bush really the best America can do? How can this bumbling, fumbling neocon patsy still be in office?
But the biggest, most obvious area that the US is alienating world opinion is the debacle in Iraq and the fascistic ‘War On Terror’:
Respondents were also asked about the Bush administration’s handling of six areas of foreign policy:
* The war in Iraq: an average of 73% of respondents disapproved (57% in the US). Disapproval was strongest in Argentina and France, while people in Nigeria, Kenya and the Philippines were more likely to approve.
* Detainees in Guantanamo: 67% disapproved (50% in the US). Backing for America on this issue was highest in Nigeria, where 49% approved.
(Source: BBC News)
Remember, it’s only a survey. All surveys need to be taken with an ocean-load of salt…
It’s clear that the architects of the Project for a New American Century saw the collapse of the Soviet Union as a golden opportunity. With the old bear dead, what other power would oppose the USA’s global military dominance? China had enough problems of it own and could be bought off. Other nuclear powers were either indebted to or directly allied with America. The only serious challenge would come from the emerging secular and Muslim Middle Eastern states. Their control of the oil fields could prove crucial in the war for the world.
And so, we find ourselves caught in the hellish crossfire between the world’s biggest military and (excluding Israel) the Middle East. We’re bombed and beaten, shot and disappeared. Every day, Americans and Britons find their civil rights being further dismantled by their governments using the cover of fighting terror. The argument goes:
“To protect your lives and freedom from the eeevil Islamists under every bed, we must catalogue you, film you, photograph you, search you, kidnap you, imprison you, torture you, kill you. Your legal rights as a human being are void. We do this for your good! Just think how horrible life would be if the terrorists won!”
Since I disagree with the views of Bush, Blair and Bin Laden, I don’t believe people are stupid. It may take a while, but we do know when we’re being bullshitted by PR campaigns, whether they’re carried out by McDonalds or George Bush.
What’s happening is that the USA, as a brand, is becoming unpopular. What once was synonymous with freedom, chewing gum, blue jeans and rock music has now become associated with the torn bodies of Arab children, lying about WMDs and an idiot President.
Perhaps it’s time for a re-branding?