Growing up I was taught that there were two countries on Earth that matter; the US and Israel. I bet that is still a pretty common experience.
i'm so thankful i was born in canada, where we were taught to apologize for even thinking we were in any way important
Despite nearly constant news coverage since the war there began in 2003, 63 percent of Americans aged 18 to 24 failed to correctly locate the country on a map of the Middle East.
Seventy percent could not find Iran or Israel.
Even for U.S. geography, the survey results are just as dismal.
Half could not find New York State on a map of the United States.
A third of the respondents could not find Louisiana, and 48 percent couldn't locate Mississippi on a map of the United States,
A few of the 2,066 respondents seem to think Ukraine is somewhere in the central US, which certainly would make an armed response easier. Alaska - Alaska! - is the target of nearly a dozen guesses.
Greenland and northern Canada are peppered with dots. Brazil. South Africa. A spot in the ocean south of New Zealand.
Is it too much to hope that some of the people surveyed were just messing with the pollsters?
Political independents performed best, with 29% picking correctly. Republicans (15%) and Democrats (14%) were equally dismal.
About 11 percent of young citizens of the U.S. couldn't even locate the U.S. on a map.
The Pacific Ocean's location was a mystery to 29 percent;
Japan, to 58 percent; France, to 65 percent; and the United Kingdom, to 69 percent.
Are Young U.S. Citizens Americentric?
Despite the threat of war in Iraq and the daily reports of suicide bombers in Israel, less than 15 percent of the young U.S. citizens could locate either country.
It would be interesting to see if my prediction that 80% of American could point out Israel on a map is correct.
I bet far more Americans could find Israel on a map then could find Denmark... or even England.
Netanyahu is a dangerous fool who is ruining the chance for peace in Israel and making the world a more dangerous place for extremists of all stripes.