Friday, September 12, 2003


See how hard you have to look and listen to the news to hear this reported.

This ought to be big, big news. Sadly, I'm betting it will get less coverage than it deserves..
No matter what one might hear on the evening news, there is good news in Iraq.

This week, the American Enterprise magazine and Zogby International released a poll of Iraqis that shows "seven out of 10 say they expect their country and their personal lives will be better five years from now."

Even more promising, as the American Enterprise reports, is that when "asked to name one country they would most like Iraq to model its new government on ... the most popular model by far was the U.S."

Sixty percent of Iraqis said they don't want an Islamic government.

The overwhelming optimism and pro-American sentiment of Iraqis expose the discrepancy between the reality of the situation and the doomsday reports coming from most news outlets.

The survey reinforces the need for America to stay the course in Iraq.

Of course, rebuilding Iraq will not be easy. It should be obvious that creating a civilized society and stable government from the rubble of Saddam Hussein's dictatorship will take time, and that there inevitably will be pockets of resistance. Even if 99 percent of Iraqis supported the U.S. presence, a mere handful of terrorists can cause considerable carnage. The answer is not to pull out, but to root out that handful,and to continue to track down Ba'athists and others who are continuing to contest the issue.

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