Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Israel: World's Biggest Threat?

According to a European public opinion poll, Israel is the biggest threat to world peace. 59% of participants saw Israel as a threat, compared to 53% for the US, North Korea, or Iran (yes, we're in good company), and 50% for Afghanistan (Afghanistan's still a threat?). On the other end of the spectrum, only 8% saw the European Union as a threat.

While there may be good reason to question and criticize some of Israel's internal decisions, the country hasn't been much of a major player in worldwide affairs. When Israel acts outside its borders, it's in self-defense. And yet, a sizable majority of Europe sees it as a major threat to world peace. Says a lot about Europe, no?


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