Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Healing Iraq shows some Iraqi poll results

Since you're never going to hear anything positive about the state of Iraq since Saddam's ouster from American media sources, I would like to direct your attention to Zeyad and his Healing Iraq blog where he posts some figures from surveys taken there. The results from the Iraqi Center for Research and Strategic Studies' surveys are quite interesting in that they are independently taken from Iraqis by Iraqis.

Of note: 1 in 5 respondants were women. The vast majority of the respondants were literate, educated folks. 2 out of 3 Iraqis reacted to Saddam's capture with "overwhelming joy", not the angry spite reported so frequently here.

One thing I found interesting and telling about their attitudes about Israel was noted toward the bottom. While a crushing 79% of those polled considered Saddam's invasion of Kuwait a crime rather than a justified action, an equally crushing 82% considered his attacking Israel during that action a justifiable action. The Israelis showed great restraint during the 1991 Gulf War when Scuds were coming down on their heads. If anyone was hoping for a quick solution to that issue, keep dreaming.