Kenneth (kensmind) wrote in polloftheday,
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Not a Feel-Good Poll

PREFACE: I'm a history geek. I read a lot about US and Canadian history and about past leaders and some of the difficult times they lived in and some of the difficult decisions they have to make. It leads to me conclude that being a national leader is not an easy thing, and even with the benefit of hindsight, I can't always say that I would have been able to make the same choices they made.

That got me thinking about the times we live in now, when recent acts of genocide were met with different responses; how sometimes it seems criminal not to get involved, and sometimes it seems like a mistake to get involved. That in turn put these poll questions in my head.

Sorry, this isn't a feel-good poll and I apologize for that. I know this isn't stuff people like to think about, but if ordinary folks don't have an opinion, then it makes it easier for those with an agenda to manipulate. So I hope you'll take this poll and share your thoughts.



Poll #981317 Genocide

When a major incident of genocide occurs, such as in Rwanda, Bosnia or Darfur, would you like to see your country get involved by intervening militarily?

Yes
36(42.9%)
No
17(20.2%)
Only if unrest in that country somehow affects the interest of my country
11(13.1%)
I'm not sure.
20(23.8%)

If you selected yes, which of these statements comes closest to explaining why you said yes?

I didn't select yes.
38(48.1%)
Because something has to be done to stop the slaughter of innocent people.
34(43.0%)
Because if dictators aren't stopped at an early stage, they will expand their slaughter.
5(6.3%)
Because unrest in some part of the world almost always affects what happens in my country somehow.
1(1.3%)
None of these come close to why I selected yes. (Please explain in a comment).
1(1.3%)

If you selected no, which of these statements comes closest to explaining why you said no?

I didn't select no.
52(65.8%)
Because I don't want to see soldiers from my country put at risk.
2(2.5%)
Because that means that we will have to stay in the country afterwards to maintain the peace, and that involves a serious and expensive committment.
6(7.6%)
Because what happens in a foreign country is their business/problem and is none of my country's business.
8(10.1%)
None of these come close to why I selected no. (Please explain in a comment).
11(13.9%)

As the democracies with the largest military, should the US and Great Britain be the world's policemen?

Yes. Somebody has to do it and the UN is ineffective.
11(13.3%)
Yes (for some other reason)
1(1.2%)
No. That's the job of the United Nations (UN)
51(61.4%)
No (for some other reason)
12(14.5%)
I don't know
8(9.6%)

Does thinking about these questions cause you to have more respect or less respect for the leaders of your nation?

More respect.
3(3.6%)
Less respect.
24(28.6%)
It doesn't change how I think about them.
57(67.9%)
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