October 22nd, 2005
This article popped up today. It reports on a poll secretly commissioned by the British Ministry of Defense which, is correct, shows the overwhelming majority of Iraqis are implacably opposed to the occupation. Key sections:
The survey was conducted by an Iraqi university research team that, for security reasons, was not told the data it compiled would be used by coalition forces. It reveals:
- 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;
- 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.
The opinion poll, carried out in August, also debunks claims by both the US and British governments that the general well-being of the average Iraqi is improving in post-Saddam Iraq.
It would be nice to get a more detailed acount. For example, were the Kurdish regions included? If so, virtually every single non-Kurd must be “‘strongly opposed’ to the presence of the troops.”