I originally intended this post to be a simple report on a new survey of the Iraqi population, as reported by Jeff Weintraub.
Although some people still try to pretend otherwise, it has long been clear that in 2002-2003 most Iraqis (unlike most non-Iraqi Arabs, most Europeans, and many others) favored the war to overthrow Saddam Hussein & his regime, however ambivalently. Non-Iraqi Arabs, in particular, wanted Iraqis to sacrifice themselves to the last Iraqi for Saddam, but Iraqis overwhelmingly felt otherwise.
They have now said this again. In a poll conducted in January for WorldPublicOpinion.org by the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) at the University of Maryland, Iraqis were asked, among other things
The results at face value are encouraging.
Asked, “Thinking about any hardships you might have suffered since the US-Britain invasion, do you personally think that ousting Saddam Hussein was worth it or not?” 77% say it was worth it, while 22% say it was not.
Overall, 64% of Iraqis say that Iraq is heading in the right direction, while just 36% say it is heading in the wrong direction. This represents a sharp upward movement from when the International Republican Institute asked this question in November 2005 and just 49% said that Iraq was headed in the right direction and 36% said the wrong direction.
Ah, but then this caught my attention:
Sunnis, though, are overwhelmingly pessimistic. A remarkable 93% say the country is headed in the wrong direction.
Jeff comments: “To some extent, reactions of this sort are unsurprising for a formerly dominant minority that has suddenly lost its ruling position and fears for its future security.”
And it struck me. The American Democrats and to some extent the liberal media outlets are America’s non-violent Sunnis. In this case, they were in the majority for decades — either in literal government power or holding a monopoly on the news. And any poll since the year 2000 shows that Democrats (sans the first 8 or so months after 9/11) are repeatedly more pessimistic and thinking our country is moving in the wrong direction.
So the next time you see Ted, Barbara, Hillary, or Howard on TV ranting and raving… feel sorry for them. After all, their spiritual leader is on trial in Iraq for crimes against humanity and they too apparently long for his return to power. I only judge based on their words and deeds as leaders of the American Democrat/Sunni Party. Prove me wrong.