"He opened the second seal...another horse, fiery red, went out... it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another...." (Rev. 6:3)
The “next big thing” in the news may well be war with Iran. Few want it, many warn against it and many more will suffer if it comes to pass. How can we forestall it? (NB: see Post #1 and go from there; see bottom of page.)
"War is the unfolding of miscalculations." (Barbara Tuchman)
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Post #231 - At a polling place near you...
This just in:
Iranian Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose Military Strikes
Thursday, March 29, 2012
By: Jacob Martin - News (National Iranian American Council)
Washington, DC - Amidst ever-heightening tension between the U.S., Israel, and Iran, a new poll found that approximately two-thirds (63%) of Iranian-Americans oppose U.S. military strikes against Iran, while only 13% would be in favor of such action. 70% of respondents oppose Israeli strikes.
The poll, conducted by Zogby Research Services and commissioned by the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) found that two-thirds (66%) of Iranian Americans are worried that a military strike against Iran is now more likely than ever.
According to the poll, Iranian-American opposition to military action is founded on concerns for the well being of Iranians as well as concerns about the effects strikes would have politically, economically and socially in the United States. 80% of respondents said they were concerned about civilian casualties that would result from military action—84% of those polled still have family within Iran. 70% of Iranian Americans said they believed military action would severely harm American political and economic interests.
About two-thirds (63%) of Iranian Americans polled said that military strikes would strengthen the Iranian regime, and 62% believed strikes would only make the Iranian government more determined to acquire nuclear weapons. More than half (55%) of respondents said increased hostilities would result in discriminatory actions against Iranian Americans and targeting by U.S. law enforcement agencies.
57% of the respondents said that the only circumstance that would gain Iranian-American support for military strikes (57%) would be in response to the Iranian government’s mass murder of civilians, and despite this 26% would oppose strikes under any circumstances.
It is important to note that Iranian-American’s clear aversion to military action does not equate to any type of support for the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The previously released PAIAA/Zogby 2011 survey showed that 67% of Iranian-Americans did want the Iranian government to become increasingly secular and make democratic reforms, while only 2% preferred the status quo.
A day after I saw the above, I was "treated" to a parody poll that presented the opposite scenario. Rather that the disclaimer "names have been changed to protect the innocent," one can say that the "numbers have been changed to protect the guilty." Read it and weep:
Global Poll Shows 86% of the World Supports U.S. Invasions
FORT FRANKLIN, PA, Mar 31, 2012 (SHOCKMARKETWIRE via NOMTEX) -- In a marked increase over previous surveys, 86 percent of the world supports humanitarian action in their nations by the U.S. military, while 11 percent is opposed. These findings are the result of the "Biennial Global Barometer on Humanitarian War," a poll conducted by The Opinion Intelligence Group (TOIG) and its global network of PERD International pollster partners in 50 countries.
When asked "Is your nation better off or worse off as the result of humanitarian intervention by the United States military," respondents of the global poll had a net support of 75 percent, showing that "better off" outnumbered "worse off" by 75 percentage points. Nations surveyed included: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jamaica, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nicaragua, North Korea, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Somalia, South Korea, Syria, Uganda, Uruguay, Vietnam, Yemen, and the U.S. state of Hawaii.
--88 percent support U.S. invasions in other nations.
--69 percent would support targeted U.S. strikes in their nation.
--47 percent would be "honored" to die as collateral damage in a humanitarian strike by the U.S. military.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said the global poll results "confirm beyond any question that cuts to U.S. military spending would lead to suffering on a global scale."
The PERD International network of opinion pollsters was established to launder funding from U.S. military contracts as part of an historic government experiment in demarcation of ultimate limits in credibility. The results reflect responses from 53,918 interviews in 50 countries and one U.S. state, randomly selected from among those nations in which the U.S. military has killed somebody for a good cause, and covering the vast majority of the world population. Respondents living as refugees outside their nations were counted as three-fifths of a person.
For more information on this poll and/or to receive a free copy of the complete report or to discuss another survey with The Opinion Intelligence Group, please visit http://bit.ly/H1iPbr or contact Jack Ingiro at firstname.lastname@example.org
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