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Jack Daniels Esq
Hold the ice
12:29 PM on 07/31/2011
US Arab inattention is primarily because of Obama - he now has a larger war at home - Debt
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mommamia526
04:15 PM on 07/31/2011
S. Arabia is far from inattentive to the Iranian intentions. How could they be with the posturing of Iran around S. Arabia, Bahrain, off the African coast? And, of course, Iran has a little bit of a history as well, say the one with Iraq, influencing affairs in Syria, Lebanon and Gaza. But, why would Iran posture around S. Arabia?
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Jack Daniels Esq
Hold the ice
04:28 PM on 07/31/2011
Ask Obama - y'all be real surprised
12:10 PM on 07/31/2011
Iran was the first victim of the Arab colonial expansion!
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wom122
Primum non nocere
01:01 PM on 07/31/2011
The Abbasid "Arab" empire was essentially an Iranian one right from day one. Baghdad is located in the same neighborhood of ancient Ctesiphon, the capital of the Sassanids.
01:23 PM on 07/31/2011
So far 4 countries have been liberated from the Arab colonial occupation:Iran, Spain, Israel (partially). Nubia (partially).
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11:48 AM on 07/31/2011
Assad is going to fall and when that happens the aftershocks will severly damage the Iranian regime.

The silence of our government is deafening.
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mommamia526
04:26 PM on 07/31/2011
All our government needs to do is let matters develop. Yes, Assad is going to fall. It has already been reported that his days have been counted. And, of course, the brave Syrians are not backing down. There are already movements in Iran opposing the regime, and Lebanon will wake up as soon as Syria's Assad falls. How long will the oppressed Lebanese and Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon still hold up? Without Syrian/Iranian backing Hezbullah is going to be toast. Nasrallah might have to come out of his bunker.

The continued political and civil unrest in those countries are bad for development, for jobs, for earnings potentiial and in Lebanon specifically, there are groups who are not allowe out of refugee camps without a permit, are not allowed to own property or exercise their profession. That is oil simmering on a low burner, and the flames can heat up any minute now.

With Iran's open or implied threats to Sunni, even internally in such countries as Lebanon for example, it is highly likely that the Arab League will continue NOT to fully recognize Palestine either, as it is backed through Hezbullah and Hamas by Ira.

By the way, movement will not be confined to the ME but will expand into Africa. Israel is the fist country, I believe, to have recognized S. Sudan! Again, I noticed that Iran has been very active in Africa.
06:08 PM on 07/31/2011
Assad is in full control of Syrian Military, therefore, I doubt your prediction would come true. However, you really really don't want Syria to fall to these Islamists.
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08:02 PM on 08/01/2011
Someday those young gunners are going to deal with the reality. They fired shells into their own who just wanted something better.

They could walk away. They could stand down. The officers should know now the consequences.

Enough already.
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alimostofi
Astrologer, Commentator
07:07 AM on 07/31/2011
Oh that didn't read right. I meant to say the Hezbollah want to wipe out Arab and Iranian culture.
02:35 PM on 07/31/2011
ali - - Are you referring to the fact Hezbollah is Shia, rather than Sunni? Meaning that, to you, "Arab culture" means Sunni culture?
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alimostofi
Astrologer, Commentator
04:05 PM on 07/31/2011
What ever gave you that idea?
05:48 AM on 07/31/2011
What BS survey?!?! Conducting a survey in enemies house is not fair and writing a report shows how missed informed he/she is.
02:36 PM on 07/31/2011
black - - Do you think the poll results unfairly reflect actual opinion in the various Arab countries?
06:10 PM on 07/31/2011
Black does have a point. You should take a look at the questions that were asked.
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mommamia526
04:32 PM on 07/31/2011
Mr. Zogby is hardly an enemy of Arabs, and has so far always defended Iran. Iran is doing its very own damage to itself, and it can not be ignored. Turkey, Bahrain, S. Arabia, Israel, and others, have noticed that Iran is feeding unrest and war in the area for its own purposes, under the guise of *helping* the populations. It can not even take care of matters at home.

The green movement in Iran is Iranian. It is mainly the younger population, who need a future. Just as this is the case in the Magrib, and all over the ME. Warmongering, political unrest, and intruding in neighboring countries' affairs, as Iran does, feeds political and economic instability in the region, and therefore the lack of employment and oportunity.
02:09 AM on 07/31/2011
Assuming the poll is even true, because my Arab friends don't see it that way, the author fails to mention, even once, what is exactly "Iran's behaviour?" What exactly did Iran do in the past year except being subject to sanctions, and US/Saudi backed sectarian propaganda? The author also fails to mention why is it that the "Arab Spring" is Arab everywhere but in Bahrain. Why is it that we are supposed to have sympathy toward the Arab masses except the Arab Shia who live in Bahrain. Why does the author assume all Arab uprisings are indigenous, but when it comes to Bahrain and its Arab population, it is somehow something other than people being killed for expressing themselves?

His comments about Iran's popularity dropping after the 2009 election violence (which so far is the least violent event among all the uprisings in the region) is spot on. I have always believed the regime in Iran is unable to bring a new compromise that would show an ultimate positive outcome from that election, the regime in Teheran would suffer major setbacks. The Ayatollah's have failed to bring some form of reform and they deserve to lose popularity.

Other than that, this peace is yet another "balloon trial" to support Saudi/US policy of sectarianism in the region. It is the only way to advance and maintain any form of occupation that ultimately will bankrupt this nation.
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Zutroy
09:10 PM on 07/31/2011
Precisely. It's all the more ironic when one realizes that Western interference has been at the root of this all along.
12:57 AM on 07/31/2011
If they are happy about how the protests in Bahrain and Yemen have been handled, it is an odd bunch responding.
Pauline Jaing
Artist, worker, mother
11:30 PM on 07/30/2011
The decline is not very steep, and majorities, some huge, still support Iran.

I speculate that the reason Egypt comes in first is because of their perceived revolution.
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Gadgetman
No sense of humor? That's not funny!
11:27 PM on 07/30/2011
What makes you think that Iran cares about its favorable rating?
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Freenation
10:40 PM on 07/30/2011
there is nothing called Arab favoring Iran...it's all about Shia Vs Sunni...Saudi Arabia spearheads Sunni (Wahabi) group which cares about no one even the moderate Sunnis...and Iran leads Shia and therefore it needs to speak for them when Saudi led forces are killing Shias at the drop of hat...
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kodimirpal
teacher
11:58 PM on 07/30/2011
How would you explain very many Muslim based international political conflicts ( mostly Sunny) for instance Palestine, Kashmir, Afghanistan etc in which Iran shows interest and support the oppressed people in spite of the fact that the conflict is very much Sunny based where as KSA's stand is discriminatory and lopsided?
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Freenation
01:51 AM on 07/31/2011
i guess this means Iran is way better than Saudi's, as going by Saudi track record and wahabi doctrine shia's are considered infidels...guess Shia and Sunni should come together and fight wahabism which is the primary cause of radicalism in the world...
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Baghooli
Immortals!
07:15 PM on 07/30/2011
One have to take these polls results in context of unusually strong emotional uncertainties and patriotic fever which are engulfing these masses in midst of social and political upheavals they're going through, it's absolutely normal for Arabs to react to any rumor of real or imaginary interference by any foreign power while their respective country is at it's weakest, more power to Arabs and Africans peoples for trying to change their nations for better, rest of world just have to wait for Arab Spring to run her course and then take stock of their masses opinions when they have settled in to a stable post revolutionary state of mind and emotion!
A cautionary note by author at the end of article actually tells more about poll rather than numbers, everyone knows Arab Spring supporters in west need to subscribe to portraying Iran as a boogeyman if they want to succeed in having a support from US government to change their present government since majority of them are US installed anyway, US and Iran governments relation is akin to a divorcee couple trying to gravitate their children empathies toward themselves to a annoyment of their ex-spouse, nevertheless the rest of world know how these petty emotions have no bearings in reality and time will make these two nations to get over their own problems instead of projecting it on to neutral parties wishing to live in peace with both of them in a accommodating and friendly atmosphere!
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rurichman
06:59 PM on 07/30/2011
Iran is persian, Arabs don't trust anyone even other arabs. It's a culture that is based on warring tribes. It's a culture where the quote "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" This isn't profound it's obvious....
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chendri887
Viva California chaparral!
07:08 PM on 07/30/2011
It's also incredibly sad.
09:28 PM on 07/30/2011
The point of the article is not whether, in absolute terms, Arab countries trust or do not trust Iran. It is rather the direction in which Arab trust of Iran is headed, namely, steeply downward.
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JohnSawyer
arglebargy
06:48 PM on 07/30/2011
The 2011 figures cited in the article don't seem to correspond with the figures shown in the accompanying chart. KSA seems to be at the 14% level, not Morocco, which the chart shows as around 63%. Lebanon seems to be shown at the 6% level, not Saudi Arabia.
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Phil Lunney
The Moderate Man, iEnvisioneer
06:42 PM on 07/30/2011
The key with Iran, will be what happens as they get to the next election cycle. Until then, if the USA continues to show restraint, it allows the Arab world to see Iran for who it is. Most of these countries have enough issues to worry about on their own and the Western countries can no longer "drop in" and impose their will. The internet and Twitter, et al, change the game, as even China is finding out with something as simple as a train wreck. Say your prayers in whatever language for the hope that a few of these countries find their way. The Middle East is a collection of proud civilizations which have been misdirected and suppressed for far to long.
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chendri887
Viva California chaparral!
07:10 PM on 07/30/2011
"Say your prayers in whatever language for the hope that a few of these countries find their way."

That so mirrors my sentiment. Well said!