Topic: Poll: United States Seen As Greatest Threat To World Peace In 2013

Poll: United States Seen As Greatest Threat To World Peace In 2013
By: DSWright Tuesday December 31, 2013 9:25 am    

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Once again the United States has topped the list in a world opinion poll as the biggest threat to world peace. Apparently the War On Terror has succeeded in making people terrified of us. The disclosures of NSA’s plan for global information awareness by whistleblower Edward Snowden probably did not help things much either.

The poll was conducted by Win/Gallup International which started the global survey in 1977, this year national probability samples of around 1,000 people were surveyed in each of the 65 countries polled, a total of 66,806 respondents.

    The survey of opinions across 65 countries by pollster Win/Gallup International recorded some of the strongest anti-American sentiment, predictably, in countries widely regarded as rivals, led by Russia (where 54 percent of respondents said the U.S. was the greatest threat to peace) and China (49 percent).

    But the view that the U.S. poses the greatest threat to peace was also strongly held in some purported U.S. allies – such as NATO partners Greece and Turkey (45 percent each), and Pakistan (44 percent), which is also a top recipient of U.S. aid.

Pakistan was listed as a distant second among country’s posing the greatest threat to peace overall though it did win top spot among those surveyed in India.
The US also doesn’t have many fans in Latin America and a very mixed impression in the European Union.

    Elsewhere in Latin America the U.S. topped the list of threats to peace for a significant number of respondents in Mexico (37 percent), Brazil (26 percent) and Peru (24 percent)…
    Ukraine, which is often described as being deeply divided between pro-Russian and pro-Western camps, the U.S. did not fare well – 33 percent of respondents choose the U.S. as the greatest danger, compared to just five percent who picked Russia… Germans were more ambivalent, with the U.S. selected as the greatest threat (17 percent), just ahead of Iran (16 percent); as were British respondents, who put the U.S. and Iran in joint first place among threats to peace (15 percent each).

Americans themselves view Iran as the biggest threat to world peace (20%) followed by Afghanistan, North Korea, with 13% agreeing with world opinion that America itself is the greatest threat.
Drone strikes, illegal wars, assassination programs, hacking units – what’s so scary? We’re here to help, promise.
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26 Responses to “Poll: United States Seen As Greatest Threat To World Peace In 2013”
Alice X December 31st, 2013 at 10:50 am
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The (secret) government of the United States is the greatest terrorist organization in the world. It has been so for a very long time.

And it has hardly been a secret to its victims worldwide.

Yet its own citizens are still mostly in the dark.
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eCAHNomics December 31st, 2013 at 10:51 am
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In response to Alice X @ 1

U.S. also controls 90% of worldwide narcotics trade.
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newcarguy December 31st, 2013 at 10:56 am
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Everybody who is surprised raise their hand………..
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Yeah, that’s what I thought.
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newcarguy December 31st, 2013 at 10:56 am
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In response to eCAHNomics @ 2

We should. Aren’t we 90% of the customers?????
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kafka December 31st, 2013 at 11:08 am
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And the “Greatest Threat to World Peace” is led by a Nobel Peace Prize winner.
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Twain December 31st, 2013 at 11:10 am
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We are the the world’s bully which has been greatly increased during this administration. I can’t see the future of this but I don’t think it will end well. If we don’t fix this someone else, or maybe lots of nations, will fix it.
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OldFatGuy December 31st, 2013 at 11:23 am
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In response to newcarguy @ 4

lol!

But actually, no, we are nowhere near 90% of the customers…
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onitgoes December 31st, 2013 at 11:30 am
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US citizens are too lazy or too stupid to smell the coffee, and no I don’t give them any slack for being “just too busy.” We’re ALL busy, but it doesn’t take much of an effort to be better informed.

That the USA is the biggest threat to World Peace should come as no surprise to almost any citizen, yet sadly many – from both sides of the aisle – would howl & scream & say it’s not true.

Until USians start seeing the FACTS and TRUTH before their eyes, not much will change unless or until other nations do something… which easily could happen, for better or worse.

I think the Nobel Peace Prize Committee was very very naive & misguided, but I think they awarded that prize to Obomber in the naive belief that perhaps it would guide him to be a better world leader. Sadly, it did not have that effect. Nice try… but: fahgeddaboudit.
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OldFatGuy December 31st, 2013 at 11:32 am
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Only 13% of Americans realize the truth. Kinda puts the effectiveness of turning the MSM into a propaganda machine for the state into focus, doesn’t it?

So sad…

But then again, it shouldn’t be surprising when such a large segment of this country doesn’t even realize other much more stark realities like evolution and global warming.

Like I said, it really shows the effectiveness of propaganda.
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onitgoes December 31st, 2013 at 11:39 am
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In response to OldFatGuy @ 9

Indeed. For better or worse, the propoganda is very effective, and I see it even with trad-Dem voter friends who don’t own TVs. It’s quite something to behold.

I’m not even sure how to counteract it. Most of my trad-Dem voter friends who are Obamabots refuse to have discussions with me anymore, and believe me, I have tred very very cautiously with them in any type of conversation about the “state” of affairs in the USA. They simply do NOT want to have to believe anything other than their fantasies about how “great” things are and how Obama is vastly “improving” everything… and if there’s anything wrong at all, it’s only the fault of Republicans. It’s pretty pervasive, I’m sad to say.
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gdavidbrown December 31st, 2013 at 11:40 am
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In response to onitgoes @ 8

Yeah… I think they awarded him the prize based on his speeches like we awarded him the Presidency. By their fruits you will know them, not by the CO2 they give off.
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gdavidbrown December 31st, 2013 at 11:44 am
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In response to onitgoes @ 10

Pretty much the same as the majority of Republican voters. The only difference I see is in the lies each believes.
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OldFatGuy December 31st, 2013 at 11:45 am
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In response to onitgoes @ 10

    I’m not even sure how to counteract it.

Yeah, I know. It’s so damn discouraging.

The only think I know (and try) is to just keep on yelling the truth. Yes, some don’t want to hear it to the point of pissing them off, but it still needs to be repeated and repeated.

But it is daunting, and I get so discouraged sometimes, actually most times, that I just give up. But yeah, I don’t know how to counteract it either. Wish I did, or someone did.
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cwaltz December 31st, 2013 at 12:17 pm
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In response to Alice X @ 1

I don’t know. 20% of the US responders said Iran but to our credit a good 13% were capable enough to realize that we’re way more of a threat than a country that basically has avoided invasion because it borders Russia(and Russia could and would shock and awe us right back.)
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Cujo359 December 31st, 2013 at 12:30 pm
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Clearly, President Obama needs to form a Department Of Public Relations right away. We seem to be getting a lot of bad press lately…
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Cujo359 December 31st, 2013 at 12:37 pm
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In response to onitgoes @ 8

    US citizens are too lazy or too stupid to smell the coffee, and no I don’t give them any slack for being “just too busy.” We’re ALL busy, but it doesn’t take much of an effort to be better informed.

There are several reasons I disagree:

- It takes a lot of time when you don’t have much time. People with jobs, kids, and other family obligations don’t have much spare time. Do they have to spend it all becoming “informed”?

- It’s not easy to be informed when you aren’t trained to reason and apply skepticism to what you see and hear, even with access to the best journalism.

- So much of what’s readily available as news these days is either badly reported, or just plain wrong. It’s hard to blame people who only have time to watch TV news for not knowing what’s going on. FI, ABC News did a wrapup of the year’s events of Edward Snowden, though someone called “Batkid” got several seconds.
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tellmewhy December 31st, 2013 at 12:48 pm
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I know that President Obama has increased the drone strikes, but the US is not even a small threat world peace. What you’re really seeing is jealousy from Country that don’t know the difference between good and evil.

North Korean is by far the biggest threat to world peace, followed closely by Iran. Terrorism is also a threat to world peace, as is antisemitism.
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sapphirebulletsofpurelove December 31st, 2013 at 1:05 pm
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Right. We’re out of our fucking minds.

Biggest threats to world peace: a nation that has never attacked any other and two very inward-looking regimes, one run by druglords that we prop up, the other by Uncle Joe wannabes stuck in the 50s and doing all they can to control their own population.
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sapphirebulletsofpurelove December 31st, 2013 at 1:17 pm
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In response to Cujo359 @ 16

Seconded. We have to stop seeing our class compatriots as enemies, the problem, to be despised. I’m all Zinn-y lately, being in the middle of a re-read of his stuff.

In his introduction to a chapter on the Carter-Reagan-Bush (I) years:

    Electoral politics dominated the press and television screens, and the doings of presidents, members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, and other officials were treated as if they constituted the history of the country.
    …
    The distance between politics and the peiople was reflected clearly in the culture. In what was supposed to be the best of the media, uncontrolled by corporate interest-that is, in public television, the public was largely invisible. On the leading political forum on public television, the nightly “MacNeil-Lehrer Report,” the public was uninvited, except as viewer of an endless parade of Congressmen, Senators, government bureaucrats, experts of various kinds.

    On commercial radio, the usual narrow band of consensus, excluding fundamental criticism, was especially apparent. In the mid-1980s, with Ronald Reagan as President, the “fairness doctrine” of the Federal Communications Commission, requiring air time for dissenting views, was eliminated. By the 1990s, “talk radio” had perhaps 20 million listeners, treated to daily tirades from right-wing talk-show “hosts,” with left-wing guests uninvited.

    A citizenry disillusioned with politics and with what pretended to be intelligent discussions of politics turned its attention (or had its attention turned) to entertainment, to gossip, to ten thousand schemes for self-help.

Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States

This hollowing out of American political discourse didn’t just happen. It’s something we need to find a way to oppose, reverse and correct.
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eCAHNomics December 31st, 2013 at 1:27 pm
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In response to tellmewhy @ 17

Cass, is that you? If so, you need to hone your writing skills.

U.S. has used nukes, threatened to nuke Russia on 9/11/01, and almost nuked Iran in 7 or 8/07. Some Smedley Butler type(s) stopped the last one.

There probably are plenty more times when the U.S. came close. Senator Graham even warned of a nuke headed toward SC earlier this year, September.

Not counting the 50+ overthrows of foreign govts since WWII, mucking about in their elections, …

Oh well, list is too long but you understand the point.
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GlenJo December 31st, 2013 at 2:01 pm
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So if the world views the US as the greatest threat to world peace, does this mean we “won” the “War on Terror”?

All things being equal, I’m pretty sure this doesn’t make us any safer, has cost us a whole lotta blood and money, and isn’t any good for our economy (in multiple ways).

So can we just stop this whole “War on Terror” BS and do something productive rather than destructive?
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nap66 December 31st, 2013 at 2:32 pm
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In response to Cujo359 @ 15

    Clearly, President Obama needs to form a Department Of Public Relations right away. We seem to be getting a lot of bad press lately…

Isn’t the Department of Public Relations the Press?
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stevelaudig December 31st, 2013 at 7:47 pm
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Why stop at 2013? Let’s go back to say 1890 and do each year. Sometimes the US wouldn’t be the greatest threat to peace.
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sadlyyes December 31st, 2013 at 8:42 pm
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agreed,well mebbe Leopold in the Congo,had us for a little stretch,and the creepy Brits with their German royal family
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sadlyyes December 31st, 2013 at 8:43 pm
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just read that more than 1/3 Merkins do not believe in evolution,guess they dont believe in mitosis either
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Alice X December 31st, 2013 at 10:45 pm
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History is just one damn thing after another…

timelines to the present noted