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World Public Says Iraq War Increases Terrorism

World Public Opinion decided to poll the world to get world opinion on the US's Iraq policy. Considering the anti-American sentiment in many parts of the world as well as the bias of this organization the results are not surprising.

A new global poll finds that in 33 of 35 countries surveyed, the most common view is that the war in Iraq has increased the likelihood of terrorist attacks around the world. On average, 60 percent of the respondents have this perception, while just 12 percent think the Iraq war has decreased the likelihood of terrorist attacks; another 15 percent think it has had no effect either way.

Now take a look at this paragraph, which says the majority of the world believes it was a mistake to oust Saddam Hussein:

While nearly all countries reject the idea that the Iraq war was an effective part of a larger war against terrorism, more countries than not also think it was a mistake to remove Saddam Hussein. There are 21 countries where more people view the 2003 removal of Saddam Hussein as a mistake, while in 11 countries more people view it as the right decision. Three countries are divided. On average, 45 percent view removing Saddam as a mistake, while 36 percent view it as the right decision.

GlobeScan President Doug Miller concludes, "It's official. Citizens worldwide think Western leaders have made a fundamental mistake in their war on terror by invading Iraq. And, short of the Iraqi government asking them to stay longer, people think the troops should leave."

Try to convince the Iraqis who had to live under Saddam's tyrannical regime that removing him was a mistake:

Looking back at the removal of Saddam in 2003, Iraqis are easily the most enthusiastic about it, with 74 percent saying it was the right decision. At the same time, 75 percent believe that it has increased the risk of terrorist attacks around the world.

The fact is the main terrorist activity that has taken place around the world lately, and is still going on in some places, comes from the radical jihadists who, in country after country, day after day, sacked and torched embassies, burned buildings, threatened beheadings, and attempted to suppress freedom of speech and press in a trumped up protest to the Muhammad Cartoons.

The Iraq war had absolutely nothing to do with these worldwide acts of terrorism.

Now we have Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a complete nutball, running Iran who can't enrich urnanium fast enough, said Israel should be wiped off the map, and is recruiting suicide bombers to attack the US and UK. If anything increases the risk of more terrorism throughout the world, it's this guy, who would give a nuclear weapon to terrorists in a hot minute if he could.


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Kim,Why do we care w... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Kim,
Why do we care what a group formed in January of 2006 says? Formed from the very partisan PIPA at that...
Look at it's Board, and funding, and tell me why they are trustworthy?


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I'm not asking this to rag on you, but this is a group that is hardly objective.
And the BBC, paragon of impartial reporting are behind these numbers...
Looking at their data, their headline shows their bias. Their math lumps in every nations percentage and provied the same weight regardless of population, so 1% of approval/disaproval in China is the same as the US as is Chile as is Kenya etc.

The surveys were also conducted by different groups in different countries, using different methodologies. They also surveyed differrent population types from country to country.

World Public Opinion de... (Below threshold)

World Public Opinion decided to poll the world to get world opinion on the US's Iraq policy.

And like all other polls, it will be duly ignored.

They polled the whole world... (Below threshold)

They polled the whole world? I must have been in the shower when they called me.

"The Iraq war had absolutel... (Below threshold)
jp2:

"The Iraq war had absolutely nothing to do with these worldwide acts of terrorism."

Good god. Please, please join the reality based community. Of course invading a Muslim country led to more Muslim terrorism. Terrorist attacks have tripled and you aren't connecting those giant dots? Did anyone else read that statement?

And it only gets worse...

"WASHINGTON - A civil war in
Iraq could lead to a broader conflict in the Middle East, pitting the region's rival Islamic sects against each other, National Intelligence Director John Negroponte said in an unusually frank assessment Tuesday."

The Iraq War is a gigantic failure - very scary for the future of the reigon.

Unfortunately, it seems tha... (Below threshold)
MikeB:

Unfortunately, it seems that polls trump logic in many circles. (reference post above).

- MikeB

Unfortunately, some Republi... (Below threshold)
pete:

Unfortunately, some Republicans just can't seem to face the truth (reference post above).

Of course invading... (Below threshold)
kbiel:
Of course invading a Muslim country led to more Muslim terrorism. Terrorist attacks have tripled and you aren't connecting those giant dots?

Prove it. Prove that these jihadists wouldn't have continued to be increasingly bold in their attacks if we had refrained from entering Iraq. Let's see the evidence that shows these people to be reasonable and consistent people who will negotiate with us in good faith.

I don't know where you get your "tripled" estimate, but let us accept that as fact for a moment. Tripled in what way? Are these increased attacks killing more people or causing more damage than say, 9-11, the Cole bombing, the '93 WTC bombing, the Kobar Towers bombing? You know, there is a huge difference between quality and quantity. A reasonable person would conclude that the jihadists were more effective when they were doing fewer but more destructive attacks. Now they are reduced to driving a truck into security barriers at an oil processing plant in Saudi Arabia. Now their most effective weapon is the roadside IED and not a fully fueled 747.

Pull your freakin' head out of your ass. I'm not going to be civil to you lying partisan assholes anymore. There's no point in arguing with people like you jp2 when you are the one who can't accept reality.

The Iraq War is a gigantic failure - very scary for the future of the reigon.

And yet, while you and your ilk have continued to call the Iraq war a failure since the first week after the invasion, we still seem to be progressing. If this is failure, then I hope to fail like this more often. Do you think that the American republic was born pristine from a virgin George Washington? Ever heard of the Whiskey rebellion? Do you know anything about Aaron Burr? Do you think we had universal sufferage and kumbya patriotism from July 4th, 1776 on?

I'll tell you what, you can call it a civil war when Kurds and Shias start arming themselves and a Mason-Dixon line appears on the map of Iraq. I'll grant you your civil war when Al-Sistani stops agitating for calm and Iraqis stop having peaceful protests instead of out-and-out armed conflict.

Yep, you keep wishing for failure, but it's not going to magically happen for you no matter how much you and your ilk chant the magic words "failure" and "vietnam". In the mean time, piss off.

You said:"Now we h... (Below threshold)

You said:

"Now we have Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a complete nutball, running Iran who can't enrich urnanium fast enough, said Israel should be wiped off the map, and is recruiting suicide bombers to attack the US and UK. If anything increases the risk of more terrorism throughout the world, it's this guy, who would give a nuclear weapon to terrorists in a hot minute if he could."

You fail to look inside your own country. The world's most hated man is living there. No matter where he goes, he is surrounded by security and millions of people protesting against him.
The Satan- The Evil George Bush.
He is the son of the Satan.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a holy man who will get rid of the Satan.
The World supports this.

Again, when you resort to i... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Again, when you resort to insults, you really do lose a lot of points.

But I'll do you a favor and address one of your points quickly:

"Prove it."

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7643286/

This was headline news for a week. Were you overseas? The fact that you don't know this is scary, and frankly, it makes your comment seem extremely ignorant.

The Satan- The Evi... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:
The Satan- The Evil George Bush. He is the son of the Satan. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a holy man who will get rid of the Satan. The World supports this.

This must be the peace, love and understanding that MU keeps telling us he stands for. So, MU, where do you stand on Isreal and the Jews right to exist? What is your stance on the Holocaust (true or false)?
We know what your 'holy man' has to say about it.

Wow, just wow, jp2.<p... (Below threshold)
kbiel:

Wow, just wow, jp2.

I knew that you were either lying or disconnected from reality, but I didn't know just how bad it was. I didn't ask you to prove the "tripled attacks", I asked you to prove that invading Iraq was the cause. You can't prove that, so you try to change the argument. That is dishonest and that is why I call you a liar.

I granted you the tripled attacks and attacked your point with a quantity versus quality argument. It would seem that you can't find a good retort for that. Would you care to try?

As far as I am concerned jp2, you are barely more coherent than Mr. Ho/Muslim Unity/Wizz kiddo/whatever-he's-calling-himself-today because you can't even argue a single point except to link to a headline that bolsters an argument I already granted to you. That's just pathetic.




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