Foreigners Are Crazy

Pew did a poll in 38 countries asking about various dangers and threats.

The United States came in 26th place in the percentage of its people who view climate change as a major threat. What can all those people in 25 countries who believe that rendering the planet’s climate uninhabitable is a major threat to their country be thinking? Russia, by the way, came in dead last, 38th place, a far more serious and well-documented criticism of Russia than any I’ve heard (and there have been a few lately).

Pew didn’t bother to ask whether anyone would mind nuclear apocalypse, so we can only assume that even ignorant foreigners are totally cool with global destruction if it’s accomplished by warfare. Surely if anybody were worried about it, Pew would have asked them.

China was left out of the poll. So were all seven of the countries that the U.S. has bombed most heavily in recent years: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, and Somalia. Two of the three nations that the United States recently sanctioned and threatened (North Korea and Iran) were left out, while Russia was included. All of the nuclear-armed nations other than China and Pakistan were included. All of the big weapons dealers except China were included.

And yet the danger posed by certain military powers came through.

In Turkey, the United States is seen as by far the biggest threat with 72% of people calling it a major threat. This seems rather unfair if not strictly insane, given the generous efforts of the U.S. in starting seven wars in Turkey’s region of the globe, not to mention all of the U.S. aid in the destruction of Palestine, and the stability that has been brought by the overthrows in Iraq and Libya and by the creation of drone wars.

In South Korea, 70% of the people call the U.S. a major threat. This is certifiably nuts, given that the United States has gone to great lengths to antagonize North Korea and militarize South Korea in preparation for a catastrophic continuation of a war that the U.S. has not allowed to end for over half a century.

In Japan, 62% say the United States is a major threat, which is simply tragic, given the historical U.S. role in militarizing Japan and then burning Japan to the ground, imposing a peace Constitution that the Japanese people came to make their own, and then demanding re-militarization in violation of the Constitution.

A majority of the people polled view the U.S. as a major threat in Mexico, Spain, Chile, Indonesia, Lebanon, and Tunisia. In 22 countries, more people view the U.S. as a major threat than view Russia or China as a major threat. In 15 either Russia or China was seen as a major threat by more people than the U.S. was. In the United States itself people were apparently not permitted to say they viewed the U.S. as a threat — or too few said so to be recorded.

These findings fit with the Gallup poll of 65 countries three-and-a-half years ago that found the U.S. far and away the winner on the question of what country is the greatest threat to peace.

In the new Pew poll, the U.S. ranks 9th in viewing ISIS as a major threat. Twenty-seven countries are apparently full of people unable to grasp how a small terrorist group in a far corner of the world is as grave a danger to them as they should believe. But in all but 8 countries a majority does view ISIS as a major threat, an impressive propaganda accomplishment indeed.

More serious dangers than ISIS not asked about by Pew include: cigarettes, stairs, bath tubs, automobiles, toddlers who find guns, poor diet, lack of exercise, unsafe workplaces, and various forms of environmental pollution.

The U.S. also ranks third in calling cyber attacks a major threat. Why can’t the rest of the world grasp the significance of a threat just because it doesn’t bomb them or destroy their ecosystems? What is the matter with people?

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  • WillDippel

    Here is an article that looks at U.S. arms sales to developing nations between 2008 and 2015:

    Perhaps this is part of the reason why the United States is viewed as a major threat to global stability.

  • Re: the climate hoax: Thank goodness for cultural inertia. Without it there would have been 100% backing for Iraq “war” 2. Not that it made much difference I suppose. Our magisterial leaders who show such great and terrible concern for the fate of the environment (see standard old fashioned industrial pollution, genetic vandalism etc) managed to engineer enough “consent” for mass murder and that’s what’s important, although they would have kept lying forever if they had to. I’m sure those WMD’s are here somewhere ….

    Have you noticed that the “hockey stick” is nothing but a correlation? Have you noticed that where the two curves diverge, temperature leads CO2 concentration, not the other way around, and there are known mechanisms for how this could occur? Have you noticed that their computer models are wildly inaccurate and that the IPCC explicitly rules out solar variations (including solar wind variations, see sunspot variations) as a possible cause for temperature variation?

    Have you noticed, financializing CO2 emissions will lead to massive depopulation and raping of rainforests in the name of saving the earth while further enriching the same interests who have been looting this planet for decades?

    Turning the elite depopulation agenda into an environmental cause célèbre (claiming concern over planetary carrying capacity while ignoring the massive waste and destruction caused by our toxic debt-based monetary system) just shows what money can buy.

  • Peter Grafström

    The environmental movement as well as progressives at large have been targeted by the angloamerican oligarchy ever since its early beginning. People are in good faith but money talks and the real motive behind the very categorical climatechange agenda is the usual oligarchic motive: to prevent any serious competion to rise. China and India have been deliberately held back loosing at least a century of economic development. Communism was supported by the said oligarchy with the openly stated aim to prevent capitalist/effective economies to rise in the targeted nations.
    The rushed efforts to cut down on CO2 emission is a blow against the cheap energy the developing nations need to catch up after having been downtrodden for so long. The aa empire continues to stand in the way for development using terrorism and by other means and still have the nerve to impose austerity by multiple means one of which is the climate change agenda.
    If the technically advanced nations manage to create cheap alternatives to CO2-producing sources fine. But if not we should be willing to accept the modest temperature change which may be coming and not trust the ‘promises’ from an elite which otherwise does nothing but lie. People with a leftwing orientation tend to swallow some of those lies wholesale. The mentioned oligarchy knows how to play on emotional strings and have done it with respect to the left for centuries. The ‘French’ revolution being the first example I am thinking of. That nonauthentic ‘popular’ rise led among other things to the establishment of the dicotomy of left and right. Is it even relevant some of us wonder.


    Climate Change is a Scam. These perverted people just want an easy meal ticket to tax carbon so they can collect welfare, for themselves, at the expense of others and the planet.

    Simply, there are far greater problems by orders of magnitude.

    1. Fukushima dumping Billions of TONS of radio-active waste water into the Pacific.
    2. Mankind using the Ocean as a Garbage Dump.
    3. Deforestation and Raping of the Earth for Resources and Profit.
    4. Poor Sewage Control –killing Nature– and Contaminating Drinking Water.
    5. Over Fishing and Strip Mining.

    IF, any of these “FAKE” environmentalists cared about the environment these would be the top priority. A single Volcanic Event can put more Green House Gasses into the Atmosphere than the Entire Industrial Era.

    Case Closed.

    • animalogic

      I don’t know whether climate change is a scam or not. I do know that Exxon, back in the 70-80’s researched it — didn’t like what they found & promptly buried the whole thing….
      Anyway, I agree fully with your 5 points.
      I also like renewables, regardless of climate change. Burning fossil fuels causes pollution & THAT is not a mute point. Chinese living in major urban centers will likely agree.
      And, for myself, I’d love to be able to live (as far as possible) off the “grid”: solar power, batteries, water tanks, bicycle, & electric car….

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      • ZARTAN

        Exxon would bury anything that hurt its profits.

        Air pollution is a problem, but will they regulate the “airlines industies” that dump raw fuel into the Atmosphere? Jet Engines are the most inefficient and pollute (HC, NOX …) far more than Internal Combustion Motors. Jets are everywhere, today. Will the Airlines ever clean up their act? NO. Lobbies give them immunity.

        The Chinese would do themselves a favor by spreading out their population and not living in urban squalor. I am furious over Fukushima, and this shows how the Corporations Shit all over the planet, but if YOU drop an ounce of Quaker State in the River … JAIL FOR YOU! The Japanese have NO VOICE to talk about Climate Change, or anything else, when they are dumping BILLIONS of TONS of Radioactive Waste into the Pacific, because they are too lazy to clean it up. I would trun Japan over to NK for this kind of Evil.

        Carbon Tax will only Hurt the POOR and the LITTLE people “MOST AMERICANS” ( whether they realize it or not) and so it is worthless.


  • Scoot Wad

    Anthropogenic climate change is a bullshit scam to tax you for the air you breathe and hijack the legitimate fight against pollution. Once again the sanity of Russia is demonstrated by polling. Maybe they aren’t bathed in (((propaganda))) day in and day out like the poor ignorant bastard who vomited up this ideological analysis. Go eat some more GMO.