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Friday, February 09, 2007

 
Just A Few Surprises Here

Citizens in six Arab nations respond to a poll:

Based on face-to-face interviews conducted for the Saban Center by the Zogby International polling firm last November and December, attitudes were surveyed in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and United Arab Emirates.

Respondents were asked to identify which world leader outside of their own country they disliked most.

Bush was named by 38 percent, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon by 11 percent, current Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert by 7 percent and British Prime Minister Tony Blair by 3 percent.

This is the part that really interests me:

The most admired leader was Hassan Nasrallah of Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Islamic militant group in Lebanon, with 14 percent.

French President Jacques Chirac followed with 8 percent, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with 4 percent and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez with 3 percent.

Unfortunately the news report doesn't break down the results by nation.

What is more amazing about Nasrallah's numbers - that 14% of respondents in largely Sunni countries are fans of a Shiite cleric and stooge for Iran, or that 14% regard him as a "world leader?"

And why is anyone in the Arab world even paying attention to Hugo Chavez?

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