You know what is a sign of the times? That the President of the United States in a world wide poll is less favorable then the other President he is trying to go to war with. Yes…ladies and gentlemen…I do not speak falsely… according to the latest World Public Opinion aggregated poll spanning across 20 countries, President Ahmadinejad is ranked more highly by than President George Bush:
I have made this point in earlier posts but I will make it again; the United States used to be a pillar of strength, unity and freedom however in a post-Iraq war era, the American people are being ostracized in the “Global Village” because of one man. This man has put forth his agenda as the will of the American people which may have been truth at one point but no more. The majority of American people want to be out of Iraq, a strong economy and do not want to break the bank buying gas.
The poll numbers remind me of a story of an old French roommate of mine who was an exchange student from some University in France. His American counterpart had to come back from France because he was so badly treated by the French people. I don’t like French people and the blame for this incident can be put squarely on the shoulders of the French but can you imagine the kind of loathing a people must feel to treat someone that badly?
That feeling is a regrettable given how much I believe in the strength of the American socio-cultural system and the fundamental decent nature of every American. Senator McCain is a great man despite his “flip-flop” nature however as much as he tries to distance himself from President Bush, he cannot escape the encompassing umbrella of the Republican party and its associated policies. A political party that is the prime cause of the current negative feelings in the world today.
I am not encouraging people to vote for Senator Obama because of how the world perceives America, I am encouraging people to vote for him because the world has changed and is changing. The future leader of America needs to understand this and modify American foreign policy to restore America’s standing the “Global Village.” The place of America within the world hierarchy is no longer the same, it’s role is no longer the same. The American people need someone who understands this and will not continue the policies of 20 years ago. That person, is not Senator McCain.
Another interesting conclusion from the above picture is that you see the Secretary General of the U.N as the person who is held most favorably in the world. That should tell you how important the U.N is and should be, for some reason, the conservatives have decided to demonize the United Nations when it is the most important political organization on the face of the planet. If everyone supported the U.N, we might actually have a lot less war because governments would respect the secretary general rather than fall victim to the belief that the U.N is bloated and corrupt.
Every political organization and government has some degree of corruption yet we don’t hear people refusing to pay their taxes because they believe the American government is corrupt? Anyway the surprising thing about this survey, and a little hilarious is that Americans find the Prime Minister of England more favorable than the current President Bush.