Saturday, 7 August 2010
Obama down, Iran up in Arab eyes
Posted by Taufiq Rahim | 3:33 am
Well, in a recent poll conducted by Brooking's Shibley Telhami (in 2010) of six Arab countries (Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Morocco and the UAE), the answers were both perplexing and likely disconcerting for the Obama administration. Here are a couple of snapshots:
While 57% of Arabs believe that Iran's nuclear program is not for peaceful purposes but to develop weapons, 77% believe Iran has a right to its nuclear program. When asked which two countries pose the biggest threat to you, only 10% answered Iran (as one of the two); a whopping 88% listed Israel, and 77% named the US. When asked which world leader (outside your own country) do you admire most, the top 5 responses were: Turkish PM Erdogan, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Iranian President Ahmadinajad, Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Of course, when asked which country would they prefer to live, respondents chose France - burqa ban and all. Read the full report online.