View Full Version : Pipe dream shattered: 70% of Iranians want nukes

12-10-2010, 02:59 PM
Yep (http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.aspx?ID=198798). Wasn't there a poll during or shortly after the 'revolution' claiming the Iranian people overwhelmingly wanted nuclear energy, but rejected nuclear weapons? What a difference a year makes.

The majority of Iranians are in favor of their country having nuclear weapons, despite the fact that they are worried about international sanctions, according to a poll carried out by US-based Charney Research for the International Peace Institute.

The poll found that 71 percent of Iranians want the country to have atomic weapons, a number that stood on only 52 percent in 2007. Forty-seven percent of respondents believed international sanctions on the Islamic Republic were having a major impact.

Just one in six Iranians think there is any likelihood the US or Israel will attack their nuclear facilities.

Maybe that's why they support having nuclear weapons? If they believed the US or Israel would attack, perhaps they'd be against pursuing nuclear weapons?

The survey of some 700 people, carried out in September, showed that most Iranians voted for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the 2009 elections which many have said were fixed.

Who knows?

The poll found that, by a three-to-one majority, Iranians want closer ties to the West, not reduced links. They also support Western criticism of Iranian human rights violations and aid to Iranian nongovernmental organizations.

Kind of makes no sense that they support their government and at the same time believe it's violating their human rights, doesn't it? :confused:

Despite their desire for closer ties, however, as tensions have risen on the nuclear issue, Iranians have felt spurned by the West. Almost nine-tenths are now hostile to the US—a 40-point increase on 2008—while 55 percent are unfavorable to Europeans.

So they're not so pro-Western? Well, as long as they stay in Iran and don't 'meddle' with the US, Israel or our Arab allies -- or anyone, really -- fine by me.

While Iran’s leaders are widely believed to be seeking regional hegemony, its public would prefer to focus on domestic needs by a margin of two to one.


Moreover, while three-fifths support aid to Hamas and Hizbullah, three-fifths would also accept a two-state agreement between Israelis and Palestinians.



What a mockery. All this time I believed the Iranians were pro-Western and opposed their oppressive, Islamist government. I'm not going to assume anything based on one poll, but this is heart-breaking. So much for “regime change in Iran is going to fix all our problems.” :(