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Friday, August 25, 2006

Maybe Iraqis Know More Than Us

Despite Ralph Peters downer discussed below, here is the report of a poll of Iraqi sentiment. Guess what? They are optimistic about their future---more so that us in the US who rely on MSM drumbeats for the Lamonts of the country. Per a post in the blog America's Majority:

In a recent poll, more Iraqis, who live in Iraq, say Iraq is headed the right direction than Americans who merely watch TV reports about Iraq or read newspaper reports about Iraq.

One part of the poll analysis from America's Majority:

Nationallly, 75% of Iraqis say the security situation in the country is poor.

But, when asked about the security of their own neighborhoods, 60% give the security in their town or neighborhood a passing grade.


This shows the power of the media to conflate a perception–even among those closest too it.


How can any Iraqi feel confident in the environment of suicide bombers, beheaders and other "freedom fighters" (to use a Michael Moore term of affection for the insurgents)?

From Iraq the Model:

I told one of my colleagues I feel safe in Baghdad despite the dangers, I may feel afraid of terrorists or random violence but I never fear the government and that's not only how I feel, Iraqis are not afraid of expressing their differences with the authority because we in Iraq have more or less became part of that authority the day we elected our representatives while terrorists and militias are nothing more than temporary phenomenon that unlike constitution and elections have no solid foundations.

Couch sitters in the US should give this heed. (Thanks to Chicago Boyz for the link).

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