Tuesday, December 19, 2006

47% Of Americans Believe What?


From Rasmussenreports.com, December 15, 2006

“The Iraq Study Group recommended that Syria and Iran be included in talks about the future of Iraq…

A Rasmussen Reports survey conducted in mid-November found that half (52%) of American adults believe that Syria and Iran should be included in the talks….

Forty-seven percent (47%) of Americans believe that Israelis and Palestinians should also be included in the talks about Iraq’s future.”


Why do 47% of Americans think that Israelis and Palestinians should be included in the talks about IRAQ’S future?

Do they hold a sophisticated worldview that calls for the entire British/French contrived colonial map to be redrawn? Or is it their lack of familiarity with the region and the specific Sunni-Shia power struggles in Iraq that inexplicably leads them to call for Palestinian and Israeli involvement in Iraq?

The nature and sources of the various troubles emanating from the Middle-East are not well understood by the public.

Representative, Sylvestre Reyes, incoming House intelligence Committee Chairman, couldn’t even answer whether Al Qaeda was predominantly Sunni or Shia.

It is likely that the results of public opinion polls will guide his behavior in his new job.

To ignore the polls might be fatal at the next election to many Democrats, as Republicans founds out last month when public support for the war in Iraq faded.

If you are a supporter of a viable, successful Israel, you have to ask yourself, what does a powerful man like Rep. Reyes know? And how can you help him know more?

What is your obligation to promote an informed opinion that will doubtless redound to a thriving Israel?

The reason many people believe that a two-state solution within the confines of Israel and the territories is the only way forward is merely a reflection of the conventional wisdom that there is no other option. Do you really believe that President Bush or Secretary Rice would champion such an idea unless world opinion allowed for no other choice?

As long as public opinion is not swayed that there are indeed other more productive options available, there will never be another option available.

The big losers of the current option—executed or not—are both the Palestinians and Israel. And, as for the world, the increased likelihood of a regional war that ultimately flows from pursuing a non-workable option aside, if the citizens of Israel end up in bad shape, the technological and medical benefits that can be brought to all of humanity by the country that currently has the second most listings on the NASDAQ, will be greatly diminished.

There is a better way. Read The Case for a Larger Israel. Do encourage others to read it, including Rep. Reyes.

--David Naggar

1 comment:

The Ripper said...

Great post, thanks. Don't know if you've seen these three short videos from Iraq yet or not, but both show the US Military engaging in some very dubious actions. I have them up on my site at www.minor-ripper.blogspot.com