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Squandering goodwill. (Insider Report).

"Time's European edition asked its readers what nation posed the greatest threat to world peace," reported foreign affairs analyst Eric Margolis in the January 26th Toronto Sun. "Of the 268,000 respondents (as of this writing), 7.8% replied North Korea, 8.9% named Iraq and a shocking 83.3% said the United States. Good work, President Bush."

Self-sampling polls can be wildly unreliable, of course. And America should be utterly indifferent to international opinion when acting in our authentic national interest. But it is indisputable that the Bush administration's perverse determination to wage an unnecessary war on Iraq has engendered hostility toward the U.S. from otherwise friendly nations.

In the hours following the 9-11 atrocities, European populations erupted in spontaneous displays of goodwill and concern for our nation. This illustrated that, whatever Europe's socialist elites may think of our nation, Europeans still admire and respect America. That affection for our nation is evaporating because of our government's arrogant bellicosity.

In an October 13, 1979 speech, Robert Welch, founder of the John Birch Society (of which this magazine is an affiliate), decried "the rapidly increasing involvement of the United States in all of the wars, insurrections, oppressive horrors, and sociological turmoil that the Communists and their bosses could create anywhere on earth at any time. This [is done] partly in order that [the United States], which once had been the most cordially admired nation on earth for so successfully minding its own business, should eventually become the most hated nation on earth for such universal practice of imperialism by the dollar, as its substitute for the sword."

As the Bush administration squanders the post-9-11 goodwill in pursuit of UN-mandated military adventures, Mr. Welch's dire prediction appears to be coming true.
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