Global censure for US in Pew poll

WASHINGTON: Worldwide opinion of the US and its foreign policy hit a new low in the year since America began its war with Iraq, according to the annual Pew Global Attitudes survey.

Britain was the only country where a majority of respondents (68 per cent) felt that the US-led ‘war on terror’ was sincere.

Most respondents in Jordan, Morocco, and Turkey believed that suicide bombings in Iraq against Americans and other Westerners were justified. The most severe criticism came from Pakistan where 76 per cent believed the US has overreacted to terrorism and 65 per cent had a favourable view of Osama Bin Laden.

In France, 75 per cent supported an independent European foreign policy.

Overall, the poll suggested most foreigners would prefer their governments to lessen cooperation with the US.

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