The BBC decided it was a good idea to poll international public opinion to see who is winning “”the conflict between al-Qaeda and the US”, finding that 49% think neither side is winning, 22% believe the US has the upper hand and 10% say al-Qaeda is winning.
Since when does public opinion determine the outcomes of wars? The BBC even went so far as to say that the “verdict across the world appeared to be that the war on terror had produced something of a stalemate.” Verdict? Really? Judge and Jury to decide who wins a war?
Internationally, only 22% said US action had weakened al-Qaeda, while 34% of Americans thought it had. I’m curious to how many of these people actually know who is winning or only offering their opinion on the matter.