U.S. Approval Rating Improves in Muslim World
Max Boot of the LA Times reports that a new Pew Global Attitudes Project poll shows that attitudes towards America are improving in Muslim nations and approval ratings for terrorists are falling.
Certainly good news. Boot hypothesizes that this is due to the numerous terrorist attacks against Muslims carried out by the extremists.
I would imagine this is true. The relentless killing of Muslim civilians in Iraq and the recent slaughter of Egyptians cannot be helping the terrorists endear themselves to the rest of the Muslim world. Couple that with the attack in London which reminded the world that this isn't just big, bad America's war, and a drop in approval for terrorists is no surprise. The fact that there was also an upturn in approval of America is a more surprising development.
We certainly don't want to govern based on world opinion, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be pleased when world opinions of us improve.