Which countries do Canadians believe play a “mainly positive” role in the world? According to the latest BBC poll the answer is Germany, Britain, France and Japan. And those that Canadians think play a “mainly negative” role are, in order: Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, the United States and Israel.
It’s a bit of a shocker to find Canadians put the United States’ baleful influence right down there with North Korea, Iran and Israel.
Perhaps the poll reflects an anti-Bush attitude rather than an anti-American one. I always felt George Bush was more dangerous than Saddam Hussein ever was. The poll finds that even 36 per cent of Americans think their country’s influence is negative. Also a recent CBS poll found 80 per cent thought their country was going in the wrong direction.
Before recent events, Canadians, by 45 per cent to 40 per cent, thought China had a “mainly positive” role in the world.
Jeffrey Simpson in the Globe says we Canadians have “an annoying moral superiority” when it comes to the U.S. Do we?
Are we anti-American or are we anti-Bush. Is there a difference. After all, they elected him twice.