Friday, April 30, 2004

The latest poll on Iraqi public opinion conducted by USA Today/CNN/Gallup shows just how hollow rings the claims of the Bush administration as well as all the circulating emails I am forwarded from supposedly fulfilled US soldiers 'doing good' in Iraq.
Only a third of the Iraqi people now believe that the American-led occupation of their country is doing more good than harm, and a solid majority support an immediate military pullout even though they fear that could put them in greater danger . . .

Asked whether they view the U.S.-led coalition as "liberators" or "occupiers," 71% of all respondents say "occupiers." That figure reaches 81% if the separatist, pro-U.S. Kurdish minority in northern Iraq is not included.
In reading this, I couldn't help but think that all the neocons in Washington are grinding their teeth while consoling themselves with a little Rudyard Kipling:
Take up the White Man's burden --
The savage wars of peace --
Fill full the mouth of Famine
And bid the sickness cease;
And when your goal is nearest
The end for others sought,
Watch Sloth and heathen Folly
Bring all your hope to nought.

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