Monday, November 21, 2005

Didactorship Has Better Image Than Democracy

This poll is very revealing of the poor image of the US abroad:
Eleven of the 16 countries surveyed by the Pew Research Center — Britain, France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Russia, Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, Jordan and Indonesia — had a more favorable view of China than the United States.
India and Poland were more upbeat about the United States, while Canadians are as likely to see China favorably as they were the United States.
I find it particularly triking that America's closest ally, Britain also has a more favorable image of China. That's a sign that things are really going down the loop for the US in the world and the war is Iraq is to blame. Unilateralism is also what makes people so angry:
The survey found that a majority in most countries say the United States doesn’t take the interests of other countries into account when making international policy decisions. It also found most would like to see another country get as much military power as the United States, though few want China to play that role.
Aren't we glad that "few want China to paly the role of the US" ?! Personally, I'd still rather have a democracy, however imperfect with so much power than a dictatorship.
(more details here)


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