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Charney Research Report says Muslim World Largely Anti- American

This headline is like making a startling discovery that "the Sun rises in the East". Everyone knows that so what's the big deal in finding it out? But what was found out that in spite of the globalization and mass consumerism that is sweeping the whole world, and which is especially strong in the Arab world where the glitterati live like 7th century Bedouin but shop like lottery winners who have won a billion. Even there Anti-American feelings are so widespread that they and extend to U.S. consumer brands, according to a report released Wednesday. The coming of Mecca Cola to replace Coke and the movement to ban those companies who deal with Israel is well known.

Many young Muslims said they admired Osama bin Laden, while views of President Bush were uniformly negative. All focus group members rejected U.S. views of the war in Iraq, saying the United States invaded on a false premise to further its own regional goals. When asked what they wanted from the United States, focus group members said respect and aid to develop as their countries choose. Wow, so beggars of aid can be choosers too! And those who demand to get the aid they want will use their resources to target the USA someday. That's the most tricky part.

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The report, by Charney Research, is based on 14 focus groups conducted last December and January among college-educated men and women in Egypt, Morocco and Indonesia.

Many young Muslims said they admired Osama bin Laden, while views of President Bush were uniformly negative. All focus group members rejected U.S. views of the war in Iraq, saying the United States invaded on a false premise to further its own regional goals.

Anti-Semitic stereotypes also were noted. Focus group members saw the United States and Israel as synonymous and estimated the proportion of Jews in the U.S. population at up to 85 percent; it is 2 percent.

The report found negative opinions of the United States are taking a toll on U.S. companies, and that amounts of U.S. aid were massively underestimated; not one person in any focus group knew the U.S. is the world's largest donor by dollar amount.

"Most Egyptians and Indonesians put U.S. support for their countries over 10 years in millions; the correct figures were $7.3 billion and $1 billion, respectively," the authors said.

When asked what they wanted from the United States, focus group members said respect and aid to develop as their countries choose. Wow, so beggars of aid can be choosers too! And those who demand to get the aid they want will use their resources to target the USA someday. That's the most tricky part.

The Council on Foreign Relations, founded in 1921, is a nonpartisan center for scholars dedicated to helping members and policy-makers better understand the world and governmental policy choices, according to its Web site. The council has headquarters in New York and an office in Washington, D.C.

Charney Research is a private consulting firm in New York that offers opinion polling and market research.

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