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Taking sides

Worldpublicopinion.org has been polling 'the world' on the Palestinian- Israeli conflict and whether national governments should take sides. And pretty depressing the results are too:

UK -

Pro Arab- 8%, neutral - 79%, pro Israel - 2%.

And there was I thinking that that kind of wretched moral equivalence went out with square wheels.

The Americans fare somewhat better:

Pro Israel - 31, neutral 71%, Pro Arab - 2%

Figures for India are intriguing - Pro Israel - 24, neutral - 22, pro Arab - 24. Perhaps 24% have some knowledge of Indian history....

Muslim countries are rather better at siding with their own than we are, with absolute or relative majorities for the Arabs in Iran, Turkey and Egypt

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Anonymous Neil Reddin said... 9:10 pm

I'd say the Americans can't add up either (31+71+2=104), then again, our transatlantic cousins are known for requiring more rounding, so to speak.


I wonder how they distinguish between "neutral" and "don't know / couldn't give a ...."  



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