Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Brits, Polls And The US

An opinion poll seems to show Brits don’t like the US, a reminder that they're a credulous bunch with an MSM as dishonest as the NYT.
Most Britons see America as a cruel, vulgar, arrogant society, riven by class and racism, crime-ridden, obsessed with money and led by an incompetent hypocrite.

American troops are failing either to win "hearts and minds" in Iraq or bring democracy to that country.

More than two-thirds who offered an opinion said America is essentially an imperial power seeking world domination. And 81 per cent of those who took a view said President George W Bush hypocritically championed democracy as a cover for the pursuit of American self-interests.
The poll was online, so biased to the lefty students who have time & online access to participate. Still, my own experience is that about half of Brits (and other Europeans) are anti-American. Most have no experience of the US & take their views from their MSM. The London embassy noted this in response to this poll:
A spokesman for the American embassy said that the poll's findings were contradicted by its own surveys.

"We question the judgment of anyone who asserts the world would be a better place with Saddam still terrorizing his own nation and threatening people well beyond Iraq's borders.

"With respect to the poll's assertions about American society, we bear some of the blame for not successfully communicating America's extraordinary dynamism.

"But frankly, so do you [the British press]."
Brits don't have access to the “red state” media so disdained by the UN crooks - no talk radio, no Fox News channel. And Brits are generally less assertive than Americans – those terrible WW1 losses are still there in folk memory.

Now consider the following thought experiment.

Would Brits retaliate if France launched 1000 rockets every 6 months, Hamas style, against their South Coast – perhaps because Brits weren’t buying enough of their wine?

I doubt it.

The BBC, Guardian, London Times etc would argue for negotiation and against “perpetuating the cycle of violence”. After initially threatening dire retaliation, Blair would agree to buy more French wine because "we all have to live together". The French would pocket his concession but keep firing the rockets anyway.

The bombed-out Brits would say “mustn’t grumble” and the BBC would argue that the French rockets weren’t accurate and the destruction of the occasional kindergarten and its occupants was “just bad luck”.

That would only change if the French made the mistake of ill-treating animals - perhaps strapping their rocket launchers to cute donkeys (they do things like that). Then the Brits would chuck out Blair & nuke Paris. OK, one can dream...