Archive for January 23rd, 2007

Nigeria is a U.S. fan

A BBC survey sampling people from 25 nations, including the U.S., has shown that the global community overwhelmingly disapproves of current U.S. foreign policies:

The World Service survey, conducted in 25 nations including the US, found that three in four respondents disapproved of how Washington had dealt with Iraq. The majority of the 26,381 respondents also disapproved of the way five other foreign policy areas had been handled.

The five other areas are: Guantanamo, Israel-Hezbollah, Global Warming, Iran’s nuclear program, and North Korea’s nuclear program.

Across the 25 countries polled, 49% of respondents said the US played a mainly negative role in the world. In Kenya, Nigeria, the Philippines and the US most of those polled said they thought America had a positive role. But among Americans, the number of those who viewed their country’s role positively fell to 57% – six percentage points down from last year and 14 percentage points down from two years ago.

Those polled from Nigeria consistently backed U.S. foreign policies where other nations opposed – Nigeria, Kenya and the Philippines all seem to view U.S. presence in the Middle-East as a stabilising presence.

This seems rather backwards, especially given the recent turmoil that Nigeria has seen over controlling oil – perhaps they don’t see the parallels between their warring factions and ours.


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