Sunday, July 24, 2005

AP Poll: 60 Percent Say WWIII Is Likely

Um, I hate to break the news but we are in WWIII.

From Foxnews:
WASHINGTON — Americans are far more likely than the Japanese to expect another world war in their lifetime, according to AP-Kyodo polling 60 years after World War II (search) ended. Most people in both countries believe the first use of a nuclear weapon is never justified.

Those findings come six decades after the United States dropped atomic bombs (search) on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The war claimed about 400,000 U.S. troops around the world, more than three times that many Japanese troops and at least 300,000 Japanese civilians.

Out of the ashes, Japan (search) and the United States forged a close political alliance. Americans and Japanese now generally have good feelings about each other.

But people in the two countries have very different views on everything from the U.S. use of the atomic bomb in 1945, fears of North Korea (search) and the American military presence in Japan.

Some of the widest differences came on expectations of a new world war.

Six in 10 Americans said they think such a war is likely, while only one-third of the Japanese said so, according to polling done in both countries for The Associated Press and Kyodo, the Japanese news service.

"Man's going to destroy man eventually. When that will be, I don't know," said Gaye Lestaeghe of Freeport, La.

Typical liberal fatalism.

Some question whether that war has arrived, with fighting dragging on in Afghanistan and Iraq as part of the U.S. campaign against terrorism.

"I feel like we're in a world war right now," said Susan Aser, a real estate agent from Rochester, N.Y.

What this poll proves to me is that a good many Americans still have their heads in the sand. As we go about our day-to-day lives it is easy to forget the fact that we are fighting a major war, and that the whole world is involved, whether the individual nations want to accept that or not. There are no neutral territories. We will ultimately win this war, but along the way the enemy is going to continue to make it's presence known - in ways that will sometimes rattle us to our core. We have to be prepared for that and be ever vigilant, but at the same time optimistic that we will prevail.