Wednesday, July 27, 2005

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.


At 1:25 PM, Blogger AubreyJ said...

Alan… This is always good news and for all the reason you have stated. It should also show the news media that next time they try to take Rummy and the President down with all this “hot news” that sells their magazine and papers yet in turn gets our people killed, and the Muslim World all up in an outrage at us; maybe they will think twice over it…. But we all know it’s not in the beast to do such a thing now is it??? Not to mention that all the rhetoric of 2006- 2008 elections shall soon begin to swing into high gear here again.

Our politics have gotten so nasty and I say that for both sides that it even makes me sick. We the American people and our politicians forget the world is watching and god only knows what goes on in the minds of the world during this time. We are supposed to be an example to the world for all this Democratic Process we have yet look at us. I know… We are still the best the World has to offer but we sure do have a lot of improving to do wouldn’t you think???
But again that’s good news knowing we are starting to make some headway with the Muslim World. Now if we could just once learn from the past......


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