View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

UAE and Arab World Have Unfavorable View of US

According to a Reuters article:

“Eight out of 10 Arabs have an unfavorable view of the United States and only six percent believe the U.S. troop build-up in Iraq in the last year has worked, said a poll of six Arab countries released on Monday.”

“The poll by the University of Maryland and Zogby International, also found most Arabs did not see U.S. foe Iran as a threat and they sympathized more with Hamas in the Palestinian Territories than U.S.-backed Fatah.”

“The survey canvassed the opinions of about 4,000 people over the past month in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates. It has a margin of error of about 1.6 percent.”

It is important that US Presidential hopefuls look beyond the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians and the war in Iraq and work on regaining the confidence of the Arab peoples and relating humbly to the rest of the world.

Dr. Geoff Pound

Source and entire article: Sue Pleming, ‘Arab World sees US in Poor Light, Poll Shows’, Reuters, 14 April 2008.

Image: Arabs love American fast food but not much else that is American.