Thursday, August 24, 2006
CHRISTIANS HATE US FOR OUR FREEDOMS
And they're united in that hatred with Muslims. Long story short, Christians in Lebanon have a very dim view of the US, according to a recent and damning poll done there between July 24th and 26th by the Beirut Center for Research and Information. (You can find the poll results here at http://www.beirutcenter.info/default.asp?contentid=692&MenuID=46 .) Seems they don't like getting bombed almost as much as Sunnis and Shiites dislike it. Of course, it just goes to show: the only thing Christians understand is force.
It's almost difficult to believe these poll numbers for their degree of agreement; Christians, Druze, Shiites and Sunnis substantially agree on key questions relating to the conduct of the war, and on Israeli and American roles in it. 80.3% of Christians supported Hezbollah's resistance against Israel, and even 54.7% supported taking two Israeli soldiers as hostages. In response to the question, "Do you believe that the United States plays the role of the honest mediator in this war?," 85% of Christians polled answered, 'No,' only 11% lower than the negative Shiite response. That's BAAAAD, folks. I mean, it's not bad that Muslims and Christians agree on something, rather it's a bad sign, an undeniably concrete measure of a foreign policy that's rolling around in the toilet like a disease-ridden turd.
Admittedly, the unfortunate odors of US policy are rather open secrets now. Still I'm surprised over this data. The results don't convey the picture of a country that's about to fall apart from inherent religious and political divisions. Not at all. You almost get the feel of a country that's in the midst of uniting and maturing.
You'd think it would be news.
(Hat tip to Pat Lang for posting the survey on his blog Sic Semper Tyrannis.)