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Polls: U.S. Is The Greatest Threat to Peace in the World Today


By Eric Zuesse

Global Research, August 09, 2017




It has happened again: yet another international poll finds that the U.S. is viewed by peoples around the world to be the biggest threat to world peace.

But, to start, lets summarize the first-ever poll that had been done o­n this, back in 2013, which was the o­nly prior poll o­n this entire issue, and it was the best-performed such poll: 
An end-of-the-year WIN/Gallup International survey found that people in 65 countries believe the United States is the greatest threat to world peace, as the N.Y. Post reported o­n 5 January 2014. 

On 30 December 2013, the BBC had reported of that poll: 
This year, first [meaning here, for] the first time, Win/Gallup agreed to include three questions submitted by listeners to [BBCs] Radio 4s Today programme. And, o­ne of those three listener-asked questions was phrased there by the BBC, as having been Which country is the biggest threat to peace? The way that WIN/Gallup International itself had actually asked this open-ended question, to 67,806 respondents from 65 countries, was: Which country do you think is the greatest threat to peace in the world today? #1, 24% of respondents, worldwide, volunteered that the U.S. was the greatest threat. #2 (the second-most-frequently volunteered greatest threat) was Pakistan, volunteered by 8%. #3 was China, with 6%. #4-7 were a four-way tie, at 5% each, for: Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, and North Korea. #8-10 were a three-way tie, at 4% each, for: India, Iraq, and Japan. #11 was Syria, with 3%. #12 was Russia, with 2%. #13-20 were a seven-way tie, at 1% each, for: Australia, Germany, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Korea, and UK.

The way that W/G itself had phrased this matter, in their highly uninformative 
press release for their year-end survey (which included but barely mentioned this finding, in it as though this particular finding in their annual year-end poll, hardly even deserved to be mentioned), was: The US was the overwhelming choice (24% of respondents) for the country that represents the greatest threat to peace in the world today. This was followed by Pakistan (8%), China (6%), North Korea, Israel and Iran (5%). Respondents in Russia (54%), China (49%) and Bosnia (49%) were the most fearful of the US as a threat. Thats all there was of it W/G never devoted a press-release to the stunning subject of this particular finding, and they even buried this finding when mentioning it in their year-end press-release.

I had hoped that they would repeat this excellent global survey question every year (so that a trendline could be shown, in the global answers over time), but the question was unfortunately never repeated.

However, now, o­n August 1st of 2017, Pew Research Center has issued results of their polling of 30 nations in which they had surveyed, first in 2013, and then again in 2017, posing a less-clear but similar question (vague perhaps because they were fearing a similar type of finding embarrassing to their own country, the U.S.), in which respondents had been asked Do you think that the United States power and influence is a major threat, a minor threat, or not a threat to (survey country)? and which also asked this same question but regarding China, and then again but regarding Russia, as a possible threat instead of United States. (This wasnt an open-ended question; o­nly those three nations were named as possible responses.)

On page 3 of 
their 32-page pdf is shown that the major threat category was selected by 35% of respondents worldwide for U.S. power and influence, 31% worldwide selected that for Russias power and influence, and also 31% worldwide said it for Chinas power and influence. However, o­n pages 23 and 24 of the pdf is shown the 30 countries that had been surveyed in this poll, in both 2013 and 2017, and most of these 30 nations were U.S. allies; o­nly Venezuela clearly was not. None of the 30 countries was an ally of either Russia or China (the other two countries offered as possibly being a major threat). And, yet, nonetheless, more respondents among the 30 sampled countries saw the U.S. as a major threat, than saw either Russia or China that way.

Furthermore, the trend, in those 30 countries, throughout that four-year period, was generally in the direction of an increase in fear of the U.S. increase in fear of the country that had been overwhelmingly cited in 2013 by people in 65 countries in WIN/Gallups poll, as constituting, in 2013, the greatest threat to peace in the world today.

Consequently: though WIN/Gallup never repeated its question, the evidence in this newly released poll, from Pew, clearly suggests that the percentage of people in the 65 nations that WIN/Gallup had polled in 2013 who saw the U.S. as being the greatest threat to peace in the world today would be even higher today than it was in 2013, when 24% of respondents worldwide volunteered the U.S. as being the worlds most frightening country.

Perhaps people around the world are noticing that, at least since 2001, the U.S. is wrecking o­ne country after another: Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and 
Ukraine. Which is next? Maybe Iran? Maybe Russia? Maybe Venezuela? Who knows?

Regarding the 2013 WIN/Gallup End-of-Year international survey, you can see the nation-by-nation results 
here. For example, their sampling that year of 4,556 Americans found that residents of the U.S. answered to Q8. Which country do you think is the greatest threat to peace in the world today?: #1 Iran 20%, #2 Afghanistan 14%, #3 N. Korea 13%, #4 United States 13%, #5 Iraq 6%, #7 Syria 5%, #8 China 5%, #9 Russia 3%, #10 Pakistan 1%. A remarkably high 13% of Americans gave the correct answer. And, late in that year, U.S. President Obama pulled the trigger o­n his long-planned bloody overthrow and replacement of Ukraines government, which was portrayed throughout the Western press as being a democratic revolution, though it actually ended democracy in Ukraine

And the U.S. has just increased its defense spending, which 
already is three times Chinas, and nine times higher than Russias. Do the owners of Americas military-industrial complex own the U.S. government, and own the U.S. newsmedia, to permit this rabid military to control the governments budget, in a democracy? Is that how it happens?

Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  
Theyre Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRISTS VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

This article was originally published by Strategic Culture Foundation.

The original source of this article is Global Research

Copyright Eric Zuesse, Global Research, 2017


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