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Arab War Supporters Unhappy With Outcome

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Posted on Jan 22, 2007
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Many in the Arab media who supported the toppling of Saddam Hussein—and sometimes braved death threats to do so—now feel betrayed by the incompetent policy that followed: “It’s a success story for al-Qaeda, a success story for autocratic Arab regimes that made democracy look ugly in their people’s eyes.”

Washington Post:

The coterie of Arabs who supported the U.S.-led invasion were never the target of expensive American propaganda efforts. Their unpopular stands in the Arab world earned them inboxes full of angry e-mails; a few claimed they got death threats. And nearly four years after the invasion they backed, their sense of frustration, resentment and even betrayal speaks volumes about how withered American standing is in the Middle East today and how far the region itself has deteriorated, riven as it is by escalating conflicts, worsening sectarian tension and a simmering struggle with an ascendant Iran.

“It’s a success story for al-Qaeda, a success story for autocratic Arab regimes that made democracy look ugly in their people’s eyes. They can say to their people: ‘Look at the democracy that the Americans want to bring to you. Democracy is trouble. You may as well forget about what the Americans promise you. They promise you death,’ ” said Salameh Nematt, a Jordanian analyst and the former Washington bureau chief for the Arabic-language daily newspaper al-Hayat.

Added Magdi Khalil, an Egyptian writer and proponent of the invasion, “Everything, everything is very gloomy.”

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By HeadlessHessian, January 23, 2007 at 1:15 pm Link to this comment
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Hope you republicans are more than happy with Bush and his incompetance.  Ah yes Republicans will protect my behind and dems will not….

p.s. I cant believe I actually said this, having been a diehard republican precinct captain at one time….Oy!  No I aint jewish..I like OY! grin

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By Rodney Matthews, January 23, 2007 at 12:56 pm Link to this comment
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Let the Arab ccountired join the two thirds of Americans who are also dissatisfied with Byshed war. I guess they also believed the Bush lie. Sprinkle some freedom dust over the place and everyone would conform. There is a hugh cost to pay for what America has done. We are reaping what Bush have sowned

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By Steve Hammons, January 23, 2007 at 10:45 am Link to this comment
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It is widely recognized that the image of the US has been severely damaged by the Iraq War: How it was started, how it has been carried out and the extreme problems now.

US ability to lead, to influence others, as well as Americans’ view of the actions of our own government and military have all been affected.

Deception has apparently been a big part in the Iraq War from the planning for it and continuing now.

Most mericans don’t believe or trust the current administration. Other players in the Iraq War don’t either.

Food for thought on these issues is the article below:

U.S. public relations on Iraq War need truth, honesty about America

Steve Hammons
American Chronicle
September 1, 2006

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By Christopher Robin, January 23, 2007 at 10:42 am Link to this comment
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That’s because you don’t bring democracy to a people or it’s disparate groups. They have to want it and be willing to die for it.


This is the big lie and fig leaf used, as to why we are there or why we invaded in the first place.
Makes us feel good about ourselves attacking a country which didn’t attack us.

It was never a truly united country, but a number of contentious factions/religious groups that were held together by borders drawn by the British in the 20’s and ruled by despots since.

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By felicity, January 23, 2007 at 9:04 am Link to this comment
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The Bush Administration is dedicated to spreading democracy throughout the Middle East?  How odd given that the absolute rulers of both Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and the other UAE are bosom buddies of the Bush royal family.  Do we have some sort of a conflict here?  In terms?  In message?  In policy?  What we have is a big, fat lie.

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By GDAEman, January 23, 2007 at 5:09 am Link to this comment
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This speaks to a much larger issue. The US has not only lost a war, and nearly broken its Army; the US has been exposed as a paper Tiger, with far-reaching implications.

See James K. Galbraith’s insight on Global Security and Robert Fisk’s commentary on Australia’s response.

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