Thursday, December 14, 2006

Iraqis : We're in Worse Shape Now Than Under Saddam

A new poll of Iraqis shows that more than 90% believe Iraq is in worse shape today than it was before the US invasion. The poll also shows that 95% of Iraqis believe that security in their country has deteriorated because of the US presence. The poll was taken by the independent Iraq Centre for Research and Strategic Studies in Baghdad, a think tank created by Saadoun al Duleimi, and Iraqi exile who returned to his native home after the invasion.

According to Source Watch, Saadoun al Duleimi, Iraq's current Defense Minister, is a "member of a powerful Sunni Arab tribe from the Western Anbar province" and a "former lieutenant-colonel in Iraq's army who left the country in 1984 and lived in exile in Saudi Arabia until dictator Saddam Hussein lost power in 2003." Duleimi "spent the year before the war in Washington [DC] training with other exiles to take up the reins of power in Iraq once the fighting was over."

The poll is reported on in Al Jazeera, not in any US medium that I have been able to find.

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