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29 October 2004 @ 02:40 am
This is scary, folks....  

Have y'all heard about this?

A new poll on Iraq from the University of Maryland has yielded amazing results. It found that 72 percent of those who support President Bush still believe Iraq had weapons of mass destruction or a major program for developing them. Further, "75 percent of Bush supporters continue to believe that Iraq was providing substantial support to Al-Qaida, and 63 percent believe that clear evidence of this support has been found."
Every one of those beliefs is just plain wrong. Report after report by nonpartisan experts has established that Iraq had no WMD and no major program for developing them. Iraq did not provide substantial support to Al-Qaida.
Minneapolis StarTribune, October 22, 2004

(See also Molly Ivin's column of October 26, 2004. This is a link to her page on the Creators Syndicate web site.)

I find this amount of … is it ignorance or willful self-deception? … among my fellow citizens to be really frightening.

Current Mood: scaredscared
Peter Hentgesjbru on October 29th, 2004 12:56 am (UTC)
Yes, I've seen that. It helps people to remain in ... denial? ignorance? ... that Bush and his cronies, particularly Cheney, continue to spout this nonsense.
Annenetmouse on October 29th, 2004 03:03 am (UTC)
nod. It's been correctly identified as avoidance of cognitive dissonance. These people have supported the war in Iraq but also believe the main way the war was justified was based on WMD - on Saddam's being a growing threat to us. In order to avoid being terribly wrong, they have to believe there really were WMD. Furthermore, based on speaking to some people like this, due to the circumstances, they seem to believe there is no way to prove or disprove whether or not there were WMD at the time Bush made the decision to attack, since the Iraqi people are so good at hiding things in the desert, and the borders have been so porous. Thus they can maintain this belief indefinitely, regardless of all evidence to the contrary.
Carol Kennedycakmpls on October 29th, 2004 07:07 am (UTC)
Or as I said in my own LJ a few days ago, people believe the lies they want to hear. I agree with netmouse's analysis, and I agree with fredcritter that this is frightening.
   .numbat on October 29th, 2004 07:30 am (UTC)
It seems apporopriate to quote Adolf Hitler, 'The broad mass of a nation...will more easily fall victim to a big lie than a small one.'
gomeza on October 29th, 2004 11:39 am (UTC)
we're doomed
Yep, it's frightening. But then, most scary / undesirable human behaviors can be traced to ignorance, fear, and stupidity. Mostly fear. It's sad, but it's nothiing new.

And people wonder why I tend to be a pessimist and a cynic.


This election would be a whole lot easier even if there were no hope at all, at least then one could be resigned. But as close as it is, we must remain on the edge of our seats until the last moment. I think I may get drunk on election night. :(
gomeza on October 29th, 2004 11:42 am (UTC)
post script
These less than-pithy aphorisms seem apropo:
"You get what you settle for."
"Go, lemmings go"
Meant to put those at the end of the previous, but forgot. "treppenwitz!"
Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013pameladean on October 29th, 2004 11:47 am (UTC)
It is frightening, but it's actually somewhat less so to me than the alternative, which is that all these people know exactly what the Bush Administration is and has done, and supports them anyway. Then I think, what about the remaining 28 percent who, presumably, are not ignorant? Meh.