Monday, October 24, 2005


Democracy - Will of the people?

Or, is it something that flows from the barrel of a gun?

The US and UK say 10 or more years of military occupation may be required to bring to Iraq what they claim is democracy.

An aspect of democracy they seem not to understand, that of listening and acting on beliefs and desires of the people seems not to have registered with the invaders.

Forty-five percent of Iraqis believe attacks on U.S. and British troops are justified, according to a secret poll said to have been commissioned by British defense leaders. Less than 1 percent of those polled believed that the forces were responsible for any improvement in security, according to poll figures. Eighty-two percent of those polled said they were "strongly opposed" to the presence of the troops.


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