Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,
Insomnia
insomnia

Unpopular opinion.

A poll was taken in August by the Iraq Research Center (a group of Iraqi academics). 1000 citizens of Baghdad of different locales and demographic levels were asked:

"Who is Iraq's #1 enemy?"

Israel 32%
USA 23.2%
Extremist Islamic groups 12.3%
Saddam and his supporters 11.4%
Iran 8.8%
Al-Qa'ida 8%
Al-Zarqawi 4.3%


Could be worse, perhaps, but... no sir, not good at all. What's more, it seems to indicate that not only do Iraqis view their own leadership as puppets, the US is viewed as a puppet as well, with Israel at the strings.

It also indicates an obvious way to gain the trust of Iraqis -- be tough on Israel. Force them to negotiate and accept a real peace treaty that will establish fair and reasonable Palestinian state with real territorial integrity, and not something that looks like a slice of swiss cheese, with many of the good bits -- and most of the fresh water -- taken away.
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