Monday, October 24, 2005

The Joy Of Liberation

A Brit poll of Iraqis shows shows that 65 per cent of them support attacks against our troops. This is actually a pretty low percentage - 60 years after we liberated them, about 99.9% of Germans and French cheer, simper, or chortle at every report of a coalition soldier's death.

The poll, run by Brit Military Intelligence (oxymoron), found out that (I've edited it for clarity):

• Forty-five per cent of Iraqis believe attacks against British and American troops are justified - rising to 65 per cent in the British-controlled Maysan province, reducing to 25 per cent in British-controlled Basra;

• 82 per cent are "strongly opposed" to the presence of coalition troops;

• less than one per cent of the population believes coalition forces are responsible for any improvement in security;

• 67 per cent of Iraqis feel less secure because of the occupation;

• 43 per cent of Iraqis believe conditions for peace and stability have worsened;

• 72 per cent do not have confidence in the multi-national forces.

Which is a reminder why we are in Iraq. We want them to become a democracy so we don't have to nuke them or any of their neighbors. If they end up a peaceful while hating us as much as everywhere else we've liberated, that's OK.

The Brits have been doing this longer than the Americans, and will have heaved a sigh of relief to find that the Iraqis are just the same the rest of the motley crew of nations they've shed blood and treasure to civilize.

Incidentally there are only three nations that don't hate us for liberating them: the Dutch (because they sort of run the UK), and the Italians (who sort of run the US), and the Danes (who are very smart and brave). If you don't believe me, read Bill Bryson's splendid Travels In Europe.