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Wednesday, June 14, 2006


 

The know-nothing country


The New York Times today reports on the latest Pew survey which shows, to no one's surprise, that the opinion of the U.S. continues to plummet in countries around the world. I thought the most significant finding of the survey, though, was to be found well down the article:
Only 75 percent of Americans had heard reports of abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and at the American naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, while 90 percent of Western Europeans and Japanese had heard about them.
This is the country in whose hands the fate of so much of the world rests, and 25% of the people in this "democracy" don't even know what their own country is doing in their name (and to their name, as the first part of the survey shows). Don't even ask them to find Cuba or Iraq on a map.


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