Saturday, March 01, 2003

MAKE YOUR OWN CONCLUSIONS
In the never-ending debate over what polls say about the war, Warren wrote to inform that P.S. Fox News reported this morning that 71 percent of registered voters support military action to remove Saddam.

Recall also, Warren's comment of a few days ago about failure of the US media to cover the large number of East European countries who support Bush's plan. You remember Eastern Europe -- those people who actually lived under a despotic totalitarian regime less than a generation ago.

I thought it an excellent point, but our friend at the Blowtorch Monkey Armada (gosh, I love that name), added some more information to fuel the fires:

Tell your friend Warren that New Europe is not really as supportive as he'd have you believe.  More bs from the right. From from this BBC News article (dated Feb 11):

Public opinion in eastern Europe is even more hostile to war than in the west.

A Gallup International poll of a few days ago found low support in the region for war, even if sanctioned by the UN - just 38% in Romania, 28% in Bulgaria and 20% in Estonia.

The figure for Russia was 23%.

In the UK, an opinion poll in the Times newspaper this week found that 51% of those questioned saw Tony Blair as a US poodle - although 47% trusted him to do the right thing. An overwhelming 86% wanted more time for weapons inspections, and only 25% thought enough evidence had been found to justify a war.

In Germany, central to Europe's anti-war bloc, an opinion poll this week makes it look almost as if the Germans now see the US - not Iraq - as the main threat to world peace.

The Forsa poll found 57% of Germans held the opinion that "the United States is a nation of warmongers".

Only 6% said they thought President George W Bush was concerned with "preserving peace".

From Germany there is also evidence of damage to the overall image of the US.

A new Emnid poll conducted in Berlin found that 54% percent of Berliners under 30 years old had a "mostly negative" association with the US as a country, against 36% who saw it as "mostly positive".


The BBC wasn't totally one-sided though and they made sure to add this bit of interesting churn The evidence of other recent military conflicts, including the first Gulf war against Iraq in 1991 and the 1999 conflict over Kosovo, is that public opinion can turn in favour of western governments when a war is waged and won.

So perhaps we can say everybody hates a bully and loves a winner.

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