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Ahmadinejad will be happy...

Harris.Fr has polled the Great British people and sundry others on both NATO and wider military issues, and has helpfully provided the data for this chart:

(click for heightened visibility)

Iran leads, with 45% thinking it could be a military threat to this Scepter'd Isle in future, followed by 35% who are scared of Iraq. Erm, not any time this century I think. Pakistan edges it for the 'stans at 32% to 31% for Afghanistan, and Putin clearly is not trying any more - just 31% go to sleep at night fearful of the Red Wheel. China manages 29% (ssshh, don't mention that there are Tibetan exiles here). The brain dead left makes an appearance with the 14% who think that the 101st Airborne is coming our way soon.

An intriguing 7% reckon it is some other nation we should be fearing. France maybe? I admire the bravado of the 8% judging no country will be a future military threat.

The Spanish present some odd figures, with 22% naming 'other' - us, perhaps? Or Morocco? Then again, 23% do not anticipate any threat at all...

More later, perhaps.

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Blogger Edland said... 1:47 pm

I would like to see those figures compared with the level of fear for more mundane threats such as being run over by a bendy, etc..  

Blogger Croydonian said... 1:52 pm

Yeah, I agree. Opinion pollsters should try to be more imaginative.

The otherwise odious Michael Moore got someone to poll the US of A on more interesting topics, along the lines of whether they would ever find out what Victoria's secret was. Republicans were particularly lacking in hope on that one.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 1:54 pm

A not too faulty memory...

"12.5% of Americans that voted for Clinton believe that they will someday be told "just what Victoria's Secret is."
98% of Bush voters believe they will never know.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 2:42 pm

More than 12.5% of Americans don't know what a real "Bush" is anyway!  

Anonymous nomad said... 4:07 pm

From these far distant shores, I would submit that residents of the UK should be more afraid of Messrs Brown and Straw than Mr Bin Liner and Ahminadinnajacket.  

Blogger hatfield girl said... 9:08 pm

Other people are quite scary - there are so many of them.  

OpenID lettersfromatory said... 8:49 am

What exactly do we have to fear from Afghanistan?! The country barely exists at the moment.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 8:55 am

N, HG - All too true.

LFT - Exactly, as with Iraq, Afghanistan does rather lack the ability to project force beyond its borders.  

Anonymous verity said... 12:56 am

HG - Blog Comment of The Week in the Anglosphere.

Croydonian, physical force yes. Psychological force beamed into the minds of certified morons, like, oh, I dunno, at random, Des Brown perhaps ... having suggested that we somehow 'need' to talk to the Taleban ... He didn't explain this strange yearning.  

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