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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-02-06 11:59 PM
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16. Yes, those are very important issues that you raise
This is a very complex issue, and I very much agree with your ideas on this.

And I would like to further clarify the somewhat inconsistent poll results. Perhaps I should have discussed this in my OP, but it's rather complicated:

Despite the somewhat conflicting poll results (and it is not surprising that there would be some differences, given different polling methodology and different time periods), there are two very consistent themes.

One is the fact that the Iraqis are very much concerned with their safety, and feel the need for protection - hence they aren't too certain about exactly how the situation should be handled.

The other major theme is that they overwhelmingly have very little confidence in the American role in the whole thing. The reason for this I think is obvious, and is suggested by other poll questions: They recognize that the Bush administration doesn't care about their well being.

The invasion shouldn't have occurred in the first place, but once it did, the rebuilding of the country and keeping the peace should have been a joint effort, with the United Nations leading the way. They would have done a much better job than the Bush administration - the main reason being that that is what they are designed for, and they would have cared about the actual job of rebuilding the country and keeping the peace. I don't doubt that if that would have happened, there would be no war now. But it must have been evident to Iraqis that the Bush administration was concerned only with facilitating the war profiteering, which was obviously a major reason for the invasion in the first place. This must have created a tremendous amount of hostility, and certainly played a major role in fueling the "insurgency".
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