Also, a large majority approve of the attacks on our servicemen and women to. Not good.
I say let’s grant them their wishes and subsequently force their leaders to stand up and take responsibility for the country. While it may seem strange now, I believe that this strategy represents the only way to “win” in Iraq, if that’s even a possibility now.
The survey by much-respected World Public Opinion (WPO), taken in September, found that 74% of Shiites and 91% of Sunnis in Iraq want us to leave within a year. The number of Shiites making this call in Baghdad, where the U.S. may send more troops to bring order, is even higher (80%). In contrast, earlier this year, 57% of this same group backed an “open-ended” U.S. stay.
By a wide margin, both groups believe U.S. forces are provoking more violence than they’re preventing — and that day-to-day security would improve if we left.
And what about the attacks on our soldiers? Well, apparently the approval for that is linked to us staying put.
In short, the quicker we leave, the quicker the mood will shift…
Support for attacks on U.S. forces now commands majority support among both Shiites and Sunnis. The report states: “Support for attacks on U.S.-led forces has grown to a majority positionÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬?now six in ten. Support appears to be related to widespread perception, held by all ethnic groups, that the U.S. government plans to have permanent military bases in Iraq and would not withdraw its forces from Iraq even if the Iraqi government asked it to. If the U.S. were to commit to withdraw, more than half of those who approve of attacks on US troops say that their support for attacks would diminish.”
The backing for attacks on our forces has jumped to 61% from 47% in January.
People, the message can get clearer but not by much. The Iraqi population does not want us there and they think they can do better on their own. Let’s give them their wish and have them sort through it on their own.
People will die, yes, but nobody said that democracy is neat and tidy. In fact, it’s usually quite a messy business, but it’s less messy than all the other forms of government (h/t: Winston), so we can’t be shy about letting the Iraqis find their own definition.
And something tells me that if we let them do that, it’s going to be much more likely that they become friends rather than foes. Just a hunch.