Germans Believe U.S. a Nation of Warmongers
Monday, February 10, 2003
BERLIN (Reuters) - A majority of Germans believe the United States is a
nation of warmongers and only six percent think President Bush is
interested in keeping the peace, according to a survey published Monday.
The poll by the respected Forsa institute, published in the Financial
Times Deutschland newspaper, also found 97 percent of those questioned
believed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was ready to go to war.
The survey found 57 percent agreed with the statement: "The United States
is a nation of warmongers."
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has angered the Bush administration
with his outspoken opposition to a war in Iraq, a position that has
widespread backing in Germany where six million people were killed during
World War II.
Tens of thousands of Germans have taken part in anti-war rallies in
The survey of 1,843 Germans found 93 percent believed Bush was ready to
go to war in pursuit of his interests, while 80 percent said the United
States wanted war to boost its power.
The poll also found 89 percent believed Schroeder was a "friend of peace."