So, for example, Iraqis have a relatively high opinion of their government (48% approval, higher than Britain or the USA), by 38%-28% think that British withdrawal from Basra made the situation worse, and report the top two problems in their lives are unemployment and lack of electricity.
And at the same time, 53% Iraqis think that the much lauded ‘surge’ has made the security situation worse, 61% think the presence of US troops is making the security situation worse, 42% think that attacks on coalition forces is acceptable, 69% think that former Ba’athists should be allowed to take government jobs and opinion is evenly divided about whether the invasion was a good idea.
Instead of polemics about ‘Troops Out Now’ vs ‘The Surge is Working’, could anyone point me to the fierce debates about ‘How to improve the electricity supply’ and ‘How to reduce unemployment ‘?
He also points to this piece by Flying Rodent brilliantly titled: What I Thought When That Iraq War Invasion Thing Was Being Planned And How I Decided Not To Support It, Because It Was a Stupid Idea, And That, who has these gems of wisdom:
It’s particularly worrying that so many on the left fell over themselves to grant continents of intellectual charity to the Republicans, trusting them with the lives of 25 million people when they wouldn’t trust the Tories to run a free bar. The Republicans’ ideological lunacy makes the British Conservatives look like committed Marxists.
But after backing and arming Saddam for so long, didn’t we have a duty to the Iraqis to depose him?
Ah, the Hitchens gambit. He’s been asking this question for years, and always appends it with “Answer comes there none,” like some corpulent, boozy Yoda. In all the times he’s asked this question, I’m staggered that nobody has said “Yes, but only a gibbering lunatic would trust the self-same fuck-heads who did the backing and arming to do the liberating.”
ha ha ha! Class.
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