I’ve always been opposed to the war that we held against Afghanistan, feeling it was unjustified under most criteria of just war theory (especially that found in D&C 98). There is the evidence showing that the USA could have had Bin Laden’s head on a platter from Pakistani sources, but instead chose to go to war (we had apparently planned the war in Afghanistan before 9/11/01).
The USA general population seems to think that there was universal support for the Afghanistan war around the world, but I must point out here that on the contrary, most international sentiment was for negotiations and extradition rather than a war.
The biggest poll of world opinion was carried out by Gallup International in 37 countries in late September (Gallup International 2001).
It found that apart from the US, Israel and India a majority of people in every country surveyed preferred extradition and trial of suspects to a US attack. Clear and sizeable majorities were recorded in the UK (75%) and across Western Europe from 67% in France to 87% in Switzerland. Between 64% (Czech Republic) and 83 % (Lithuania) of Eastern Europeans concurred as did varying majorities in Korea, Pakistan, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
An even more emphatic answer obtained in Latin America where between 80% (Panama) and 94% (Mexico) favoured extradition. The poll also found that majorities in the US and Israel (both 56%) did not favour attacks on civilians. Yet such polls have been ignored by the media and by many of the polling companies.
After the bombing started opposition seems to have grown in Europe. As only the Mirror has reported, by early November 65 per cent in Germany and 69 per cent in Spain wanted the US attacks to end (Yates, 2001).
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