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July 06, 2007

Michael Yon On Changing Iraqi Attitudes

Arab conspiracy theories and narratives of oppression at the hands of the infidel die hard, but they do die:

Iíve seen this kind of progression in Mosul, out in Anbar and other places, and when I ask our military leaders if they have sensed any shift, many have said, yes, they too sense that Iraqis view us differently. In the context of sectarian and tribal strife, we are the tribe that people can ó more or less and with giant caveats ó rely on.

Most Iraqis I talk with acknowledge that if it was ever about the oil, itís not now. Not mostly anyway. It clearly would have been cheaper just to buy the oil or invade somewhere easier that has more. Similarly, most Iraqis seem now to realize that we really donít want to stay here, and that many of us canít wait to get back home. They realize that we are not resolved to stay, but are impatient but to drive down to Kuwait and sail away. And when they consider the Americans who actually deal with Iraqis every day, the Iraqis can no longer deny that we really do want them to succeed. But we want them to succeed without us. We want to see their streets are clean and safe, their grass is green, and their birds are singing. We want to see that on television. Not in person. We donít want to be here. We tell them that every day. It finally has settled in that we are telling the truth.

His full account is here, including Iragis' description of Al Qaeda psychopathy so repellent I think it's probably just rumor and propaganda against an enemy.

But that's even better -- that they are propagandizing against their acknowledged enemy, Al Qaeda.


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