[Marxism] believe it or not - 71% of US does NOT favor taking Israel's side

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Tue Dec 30 22:13:32 MST 2008


 
Glenn Greenwald - salon.com --- 
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A new WorldPublicOpinion.org poll of 18 countries finds that in 14 of them  
people mostly say their government should not take sides in the  
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Just three countries favor taking the  Palestinian side 
(Egypt, Iran, and Turkey) and one is divided (India). No  country favors taking 
Israel's side, including the United States,  where 71 percent favor taking neither 
side. 
the consensus view -- that America must unquestioningly stand on Israel's  
side and support it, not just in this conflict but in all of Israel's various  
wars -- is a view which 7 out of 10 Americans  reject.  Conversely, the view 
which 70% of Americans  embrace -- that the U.S. should be neutral and 
even-handed in  the Israeli-Palestinian conflict generally -- is one that no mainstream 
 politician would dare express. 
In a democracy, one could expect that politicians would be afraid to  express 
a view that 70% of the citizens oppose.  Yet here we have the  exact opposite 
situation:  no mainstream politician would dare  express the view that 70% of 
Americans support; instead, the  universal piety is the one that only a small 
minority accept.  Isn't that fairly compelling evidence of the complete 
disconnect between  our political elites and the people they purportedly represent? 
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<_http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/12/30/democracy/index.html_ 
(http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/12/30/democracy/index.html) >  

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