Friday, November 03, 2006

More Britons Scared of Bush Than of Kim Jong Il or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

LONDON - The United States is seen as a threat to world peace by its closest neighbors and allies, with Britons saying President Bush poses a greater danger than North Korea’s Kim Jong Il, a survey found Friday.

A majority of people quizzed in three out of four countries polled also rejected the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq...

Some 89 percent of Mexicans felt the invasion to topple Saddam Hussein was unjustified, as did 73 percent of Canadians and 71 percent of Britons, the survey said.

The perceived failings of American foreign policy placed Bush alongside al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a cause of global anxiety, it said...

Asked whether they thought the U.S. leader was a great or moderate danger to peace, 75 percent of British people said yes. Some 87 percent felt the same about bin Laden, while Kim scored 69 percent and Ahmadinejad clocked 62 percent.

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