Sunday, May 07, 2006

Where in the world?

For those of you who wonder why American foriegn policy in the Middle East is so incomprehensible, a 2002 National Geographic survey of 18-24 year-olds has part of the answer.

According to the survey:

roughly 85 percent of young Americans could not find Afghanistan, Iraq, or Israel on a map

87 percent could not find Iran on a map

76 percent could not find Saudi Arabia

nearly 30 percent of those surveyed could not find the Pacific Ocean, the world’s largest body of water

more than half—56 percent—were unable to locate India, home to 17 percent of people on Earth

only 19 percent could name four countries that officially acknowledge having nuclear weapons

11 percent could not find the United States


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