Via Just World News:
The Daily Telegraph has been shown the results of a poll that the British Ministry of Defence recently (and secretly) commissioned in Iraq, which showed that:
• Forty-five per cent of Iraqis believe attacks against British and American troops are justified - rising to 65 per cent in the British-controlled Maysan province;
• 82 per cent are "strongly opposed" to the presence of coalition troops;
• less than one per cent of the population believes coalition forces are responsible for any improvement in security;
• 67 per cent of Iraqis feel less secure because of the occupation;
• 43 per cent of Iraqis believe conditions for peace and stability have worsened;
• 72 per cent do not have confidence in the multi-national forces...
I'm actually surprised to see this much support. The fifth of the population that doesn't hate the U.S. being there must have found gainful employment as base shoe-shine boys. I wonder what the results would have been just prior to the invasion. My guess is that the U.S. at that time, even with Saddam's propaganda machine running full tilt, would have enjoyed better support. Isn't there a saying...something like:
Absence makes the heart grow fonder...
On the other hand, maybe if the U.S. stays there longer, the population will suddenly come to love being occupied. Maybe that 18% who's simply "oppose" or are "ambivalent" (versus "strongly opposed") can convince everyone else that the Christian West is just what Muslim Iraq needs to set it on a straight course. Perhaps, perhaps, . . . perhaps.