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numbers in perspective, iran obivously a controversial topic

Reader comment on item: Some Common Sense in Egypt and Saudi Arabia

Submitted by myth (Germany), Dec 25, 2009 at 18:58

I understand that roughly 25% support an airstrike against Iran by Israel or the USA. Given that a military action is a fairly radical topic, in a context of radical views on Israel, I would have expected a radical result with supporters well below the 10% mark. 25% tells me that Iran acually is a controversial topic both in Egypt and in Saudi Arabia. So controversial it no longer fits into the muslim-nonmuslim divide. 25% is a high number on such a subject. Compared to electorates of political parties in Germany I rate the 25% support as a strong political force. In fact, given that there is no political force in Egypt or Saudi-Arabia showing open support for an airstrike, the number 25% understates the political potential greatly. I think that 25% provides a solid basis for those countries to advocate measures against Iran.


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