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You had to ask me, didn't you? aerocontrols - 20/01/2003 01:00:35 AM

I've heard it tossed around that Iraqis will welcome the US with open arms, but I am quite a bit more skeptical. Do you really believe that? Do you, aeros, or anyone else who supports the war?

There is no way to tell for sure. However, a Brussels-based NGO (International Crisis Group) conducted a survey that found wide support in Iraq for US:

This evidence is, admittedly, anecdotal, and I would be wary of supporting a war based simply on these impressions. But now there is concrete evidence. The International Crisis Group (ICG), a Brussels-based independent think-tank, by no means pro-war, conducted extensive interviews with people in Iraq last autumn, and, as their report explains, "a significant number of those Iraqis interviewed, with surprising candour, expressed their view that, if [regime change] required an American-led attack, they would support it. The notion of leaving the country's destiny in the hands of an omnipotent foreign party has more appeal than might be expected – and the desire for a long-term US involvement is higher than expected."

http://argument.independent.co.uk/regular_columnists/johann_hari/story.jsp?story=367908

Go to the following link and you can read ICG's report in .pdf.

http://www.crisisweb.org/projects/showreport.cfm?reportid=837

Where you will find such things as:

A heavy and prolonged international - and especially, U.S. - presence is both anticipated and desired as an insurance policy against civil strife and instability and as a guarantor of massive international aid.

I don't want to type a bunch of quotes, and cut/paste sucks with 2-column pdfs. Just read the whole thing, it mostly makes sense to me.

Considering also that I believe the US will be using EMP devices for the first time in the upcoming Iraqi conflict, I believe the world will be astounded by how few casualties, both civilian and military, there will be. So, yeah, I think we'll be welcomed, and we'll leave behind a democracy, and the Mullahs of Iran, the Princes of Fraudi Arabia, and the Thugs of Syria will find it that much harder to hold onto their power.

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