And the Survey Says . .

And the Survey Says . .
Vol: 15 Issue: 31 Tuesday, December 31, 2002

And the Survey Says . .

The United States is perceived to be little more than a global bully to much of the world, particularly in South Asia, the Middle East and the Third World. For the most part, that can be chalked up to distance, unfamiliarity with history, a certain amount of envy and a complete misunderstanding of the US culture and national character.

At least, that used to be the excuse I clung to when trying to understand how the most benevolent nation the world has ever known could be so maligned and despised.

Time to find another excuse, judging from a Canadian survey conducted by Maclean’s Magazine, Canada’s Global TV network and the Citizen by the Strategic Council, which is a Toronto based polling firm.

According to the majority of Canadians in the poll, America is ‘starting to act like a bully to the rest of the world.’

According to the survey, most don’t want their government to support the US war with Iraq and strongly oppose the use of Canadian combat troops in the effort.


It is unclear what the Canadians think would be the best course of action, since whatever alternative course of action Canada might suggest it would be incapable of implementing without US support.

But the staggering thing about the survey is that most Canadians know better.

Most thinking Canadians understand that they owe the last half century of peace to the United States. What is today perceived as global ‘bullying’ was decried as ‘isolationism’ back in 1914 and 1939, when Canada was already locked in combat with the Germans and the United States refused to enter the war.

Canada was not attacked in this war, yet, and is not mourning the deaths of three thousand of their number. Consider the Canadian reaction when an American pilot accidently killed four of their troops in a friendly fire incident. And that was an accident that was committed by an ally.

Canada’s wrath at the deliberate killing of three thousand Canadian civilians in, say, Toronto, although impotent, would be as hot as is Washington’s.

“And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.” (Zechariah 13:6)


We begin our effort to ‘pray in’ 2003 today. There will be a link posted on the front page of the Omega Letter that will take you to our special prayer forum where we can post our prayers for the New Year from wherever we are on the planet. You are encouraged to add your voice to ours, agree with us for the New Year, and make your requests known unto God. You can post anonymously if you wish, this is from you to God, after all, and He knows who you are.

From all of us at the Omega Letter, we pray for you and yours a happy, prosperous and safe New Year. May God richly bless us all in 2003.

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About Pete Garcia

Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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