Another Reason We Must Leave Iraq
In response to the statement posed in a blog about service
men the Iraq commenting on the January 27th March and Rally in Washington
I wrote the following. Following the reply, are links to articles
about polls asking about Iraqi attitudes about US and British forces in
"[...] He seems to be a little bent out of shape about the
Washington rally as are others in the group. There have been the typical
Hanoi Jane comments and blah, blah, blah, blahhhhh!"
I was down in Washington for the Rally on Saturday and "Lobby
Day" on Monday. Our Connecticut delegation got to see staff from both
Senators and all five Representatives. On Sunday, in preparation for this
there were workshops, a plenary sessions and time for a delegation meeting
to plan things out.
One of the facts that finally sunk into my head can probably be used as
the center piece to the response. Let's try this:
I hear that you are concerned about the protesters in Washington
and that you are angry with them for taking the time to listen to
"Hanoi Jane" and others of her kind. I understand that this
must be very unsettling to you. You sound like you would prefer a to
hear about a large rally in Washington with the theme "Support the
Troops." People who want you to stay there ... stay until you're
finished ... then come home to a hero's return.
I know it must be frustrating to you that you are trying to create
a better life for the Iraqis and they are so ungrateful. Recent polling
has shown that the number of Iraqis that support attacks against US and
British troops has increased dramatically from about 40 percent in
January 2006 to over 60 percent in September 2006. I'm afraid that it
may even be higher now.
From other articles I've seen, this is a consistent trend and it
must be disheartening to know that you cannot safely leave the Green
Zone ... in a country that you are willing to die for ... by a people
that you came to protect.
From my vantage point, I am very confused about what to do. I
don't think that even the fabled French Resistance had anywhere near
this level of support among the population.
What do you think can be done to make Iraq a more welcoming place
for people like you that want to make the world a better place?