Tuesday, October 25, 2005

We're NOT the best thing since sliced bread?!

A few days ago, I came across a blurb in The Seattle Times about the lack of support for American troops in Iraq. There wasn't a whole lot of info, so I traced it back to London's Sunday Telegraph--and a much more detailed report.

The article concerns a secret poll undertaken by the Ministry of Defence to gauge Iraqi views on the state of security in Iraq and the presence of British and American troops, among other things. Here's some of the results:

• 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.

And while the coalition did think reconstruction was well within reach, facts on the ground are pretty grim. In August, when the poll was taken, "71 per cent of people [polled claimed to] rarely get safe clean water, 47 per cent [said they] never have enough electricity, 70 per cent [said] their sewerage system rarely works and 40 per cent of southern Iraqis [were] unemployed."

Kind of makes you feel we're making real progress. . .


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