Thursday, October 13, 2005

What Iraqis Really Think About the Occupation

Tom Hayden reminds us that the media's tendency to divide Iraqis in two -- good and bad -- obscures the overwhelming hostility to the American presence in the country.

"From its beginning," he writes, "this war has been one of perception. Perhaps the media elites, whose collaboration with the Pentagon gave public justification during the 2003 invasion, now worry that if they report that a majority of the Iraqis we are supposedly 'saving from terrorism' are actually calling for our departure, any remaining support for the war will collapse."