Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Sorry to Break This to You, Layla Anwar
"15/04/2008 Eight out of 10 people in the Arab world have a negative view of the US, according to a new poll. By extension, governments supported by the US are unpopular, found the survey, which was released in Washington. Only 6% of Arabs believe the US troop surge in Iraq has worked, according to the latest poll, at the time that views of the US had remained negative in the Arab world.
On the US war on Iraq, a majority of Arabs believe that if US troops withdraw from Iraq, Iraqis would be able to bridge their differences, the survey found.
Concerning the Lebanese issue, the latest survey indicates that the Western-backed Lebanese government has barely any support in the Arab world. Some 30% of Arabs sympathize with the Lebanese national opposition.
Across the Arab world, Hezbollah's Secretary General Sayed Hasan Nasrallah, is also the most popular leader, followed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The three leaders are seen as the only ones standing up against US influence in the region.
And while some Arab countries' rulers in the region worry about Iran's growing influence; ordinary Arabs don't seem to view Iran as a threat. Almost half of Arabs believe that if "Tehran acquires nuclear weapons the outcome for the region would be more positive than negative", the poll said. "