As you read this think about what has happened to the United States from the time of the Marshall Plan when people around the world looked to the U.S. as an exemplar of what a modern society should be, until today when we are the most feared nation in the world, the number one threat to peace. This didn’t happen to us, we did it to ourselves, and only we can undo it.
In early 2014, Gallup International/WIN released its annual global survey based on research conducted the previous year. The most striking statistic was that 24 percent of people around the world believe that the U.S. poses the greatest threat to peace. The runners-up were far behind: eight percent of respondents thought Pakistan was the greatest threat, while six percent thought it was China. And only five percent of those surveyed thought Iran was a threat to world peace. The numbers are based on interviews with 1,000 people in 65 different nations. (The survey published this year did not contain the same question.)
Phi Beta Iota: The Gallup Poll leadership has been directly threatened and its business placed is jeopardy by political anger over its publishing truthful findings. Remember that political anger in the USA comes from a two-party tyranny that disenfranchises everyone else, but that majority is fragmented and not able to unify on the one thing they can win non-violently and quickly: Electoral Reform.