International community sees U.S. a much greater threat than both Russia and China
There is no denying that a large portion of the world sees the U.S. as having replaced the former Soviet Union as the biggest threat to world peace since the former Communist country’s fall in 1991, but don’t tell that to the politicians in Washington who feel their moral high ground is so great they can unilaterally intrude on the sovereignty of other nations contrary to international law. Â And a new poll from the Pew Research Center validates this as America ranks higher than both Russia and China in being the country most responsible for keeping the world on edge.
On August 1stÂ of 2017, Pew Research Center has issued results of their polling of 30 nations in which they had surveyed, first in 2013, and then again in 2017, posing a less-clear but similar question (vague perhaps because they were fearing a similarÂ typeÂ of finding â€” embarrassing to their own country, the US), in which respondents had been asked Â«Do you think that the United Statesâ€™ power and influence is a major threat, a minor threat, or not a threat to (survey country)?Â» and which also asked this same question but regarding Â«China,Â» and then again but regarding Â«Russia,Â» as a possible threat instead of Â«United StatesÂ». (This wasnâ€™t an open-ended question; only those three nations were named as possible responses.)
On page 3 ofÂ their 32-page pdfÂ is shown that the Â«major threatÂ» category was selected by 35% of respondents worldwide for Â«US power and influenceÂ», 31% worldwide selected that for Â«Russiaâ€™s power and influence,Â» and also 31% worldwide said it for Â«Chinaâ€™s power and influenceÂ». However, on pages 23 and 24 of the pdf is shown the 30 countries that had been surveyed in this poll, in both 2013 and 2017, and most of these 30 nations were US allies; only Venezuela clearly was not. None of the 30 countries was an ally of either Russia or China (the other two countries offered as possibly being Â«a major threatÂ»). And, yet, nonetheless, more respondents among the 30 sampled countries saw the US as Â«a major threatÂ», than saw either Russia or China that way.
Furthermore, the trend, in those 30 countries, throughout that four-year period, was generally in the direction of an increase in fear of the US â€” increase in fear of the country that had been overwhelmingly cited in 2013 by people in 65 countries in WIN/Gallupâ€™s poll, as constituting, in 2013, Â«the greatest threat to peace in the world todayÂ». â€“Â Strategic Culture
Perhaps it should not be surprising that the world’s view of America has changed immensely over the past 25 years, especially in light of the number of conflicts Washington has engaged in, and their rising use of economic warfare to try to force sovereign governments to bend to their will.
Yet what is perhaps most interesting in this poll is that the U.S. has a stake in nearly every other cause that ranks above it as a perceived threat to global peace. Â ISIS was a creation of America’s intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Donald Trump’s evacuation from the Paris Climate Change Accords has much of the world angry with Washington for ‘being on the wrong side’ of this issue. Â Additionally, Wikileaks revelations of the NSA and CIA spying on nearly everyone who holds an electronic device of sorts coupled with the refugee crisis in Europe because of our supporting the conflict in Syria means that the vast majority of problems facing the global community can be laid in some fashion at the feet of U.S. policy.
America is no longer a beacon of freedom which saw tens of millions of immigrants want to leave their own countries to try for a better life away from their former homes a century ago, and has instead become an empire that uses both economic and military power to coerce governments into doing what they want. Â And who would have thought 50 years ago during the height of the Cold War that Russia would one day be seen in a much better light than the United States is now today.
Kenneth Schortgen JrÂ isÂ a writer forÂ The Daily Economist,Â Secretsofthefed.com,Â Roguemoney.net, andÂ Viral Liberty, and hostsÂ the popularÂ youtube podcastÂ on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.Â Ken can alsoÂ be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on theÂ Angel Clark radio show.