While General Petraeus tries to persuade Americans the war in Iraq is being won, the Iraqi people themselves need no US general to help them make up their minds. A thorough and revealing poll of Iraqis organized by the BBC, ABC News, and the Japanese TV company, NHK, illustrates vividly the feelings of the Iraq people towards the invaders, their “surge”, and whether they should stay or go.
Anyone who has followed the Iraq bloggers during the war is better informed than most of the true situation in that country. One of the best was Riverbend of the blog, Baghdad Burning. She won awards for her writing, justifiably so, and then, quite suddenly it stopped on April 16th 2007 with a final post informing that she and her family had reluctantly decided to leave Iraq.
Nothing more was heard of Riverbend until just a few days ago, September 6th, when we learned she and her family finally managed to leave Iraq and had arrived safely in Syria.
Almost one in every six Iraqis have fled their homes since America, with the British trotting along behind, invaded that country in 2003. A total of over four million people.
Such figures are not part of General Petraeus’ report.
While we hear daily in the media of the dreadful losses to US troops in the country, and antiwar protesters harangue Congress to “bring the boys back home” to prevent further losses, hardly a soul cries out about the real reason America should get itself out of Iraq; the sheer hell-on-earth suffering it has caused to millions of innocent Iraqi men, women, and children.
If, the BBC/ABC/NHK poll figures are correct, and there seems little doubt they are, then between 70% – 80% of Iraqis believe all American forces should leave the country immediately. Given that George W Bush initially invaded to depose Saddam Hussein and “bring freedom and democracy” to Iraq, should America not then heed the democratic process? Iraqis have spoken, overwhelmingly, in favor of an American withdrawal.
Where is George W Bush’s democracy now?
Filed under: Oil or democracy?