TITLE

IRAQ'D

AUTHOR(S)
Ackerman, Spencer
PUB. DATE
March 2004
SOURCE
New Republic;3/29/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 11, p11
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This week, ABC News released the results of a poll of 2,700 Iraqis taken a year after the war. According to the poll, 48 percent of Iraqis think the war was justified. 39 percent think it was wrong. Fifty-one percent oppose the presence of coalition forces; 39 percent support it. Except that's not the whole story. The only reason those anemic pro-U.S. numbers are as high as they are is that they incorporate the massively pro-war, pro-U.S. feelings of Iraqi Kurds. Nowhere is the Arab-Kurdish split starker than on the question of Iraq's future political structure. When the poll disaggregates how Iraqi Arabs feel, the numbers shift substantially against the United States. There is much else in the poll, but it all generally adds up to two conclusions. First, in the year since the war, we have resoundingly failed to live up to the expectations of the Iraqis. That's not to say we haven't helped--the poll also shows that consistent majorities of Iraqis consider themselves better off than before the war. But their sense of personal advancement has not translated into significant feelings of goodwill for the United States, at least among Iraqi Arabs. And, with only a few months before the transfer of power, there doesn't seem to be much we can do to turn that figure around. Second, and more ominous still, there is a massive discrepancy between the political goals of the Arabs and the Kurds.
ACCESSION #
12614747

 

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