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March 18, 2007

Signs Of Hope In Iraq

Although there are signs of hope in Iraq, one can't help but notice how truth is so often clouded by agendas and world views.

In Tigerhawk's , "The Paradox of Iraqi Optimism," (hat tip PJM) there's an interesting link on the true feelings of Iraqis. A Times of London article on a recent poll taken in Iraq found that the a clear majority of Iraqis believe things are better now than they were under Saddam Hussein, and they're optimistic, despite the fact that one in four Iraqis has had a family member murdered; only 27% think there is a civil war in Iraq, compared with 61% who do not. By a majority of two to one, Iraqis believe military operations now under way will disarm all militias. More than half say security will improve after a withdrawal of multinational forces. (If only America's left and the retreat and defeat Congressional leadership had half the confidence the majority of Iraqis have in Iraq's progress toward democracy, al-Qaeda and Iran would have much less to use for propaganda to "feed-back loop" back to the left - and then, like a circular function - back to the enemy).

Interestingly, the view of the Iraqis is in stark contrast, as Jules Crittenden notes, to the consistent (glass is dark and half empty) view of the New York Times.

And while we're talking about "dark and half empty" views, why is it that the far left is so stuck on wanting the U.S. to loose in Iraq? Although I hate to sound like as much of a conspiracy theorist as Hillary, but one has to believe it has something to do with the left's virulent hatred of everything that has anything to do with Bush AND that they are, in fact, anti-victory.

In a final thought, and I don't know why, exactly, but touching on the issue of views and agendas reminds me of the Readers' Bottom Line I read in one of Joe Klein's pieces at The Swampland earlier this month:

There are no lefties left. There are no socialists left. No one has ever assumed that "corporate" equals "evil." No one has ever said that America was an aggressive, imperialistic power in the world. No one has ever accused anyone of "blaming the victim" when it comes to crime or poverty. No one--certainly no one in the blogosphere--has ever mocked Roman Catholics.

Jeez, that's a relief.

BTW, just how "right" has the "left" been on Iraq? Remember the liberal media prior to the Iraqi elections?

Cross posted from Hyscience

Posted by Richard at March 18, 2007 11:30 AM

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