Arab attitudes to US hardening

The Arab world’s opinion of the US has further deteriorated in the last two years over widespread impressions of an “unfair Middle East policy”, two new polls have found.

An overwhelming percentage of 3,300 Arabs polled said US policies, rather than American values, shaped their overall attitudes towards the US.

The polls underscored the frustrations with the Iraq war. The majority said the war would result in more chaos, more terrorism against the US, and less democracy.

Respondents answered “nothing at all” when asked to identify “the best thing that comes to mind” about America. Top responses to the “worst thing” about the US included “unfair Middle East policy”, US responsibility for “murdering Arabs” – primarily in Iraq – and the perception of US preoccupation with “Arab oil”.

[Source: Financial Times]

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