90% of Iraqis say things were better before US invasion


Photo of Rumsfeld and Saddam Hussein meeting in Baghdad, captions added later

From Rhosgobel blog in the USA (with different links there):

90 percent of Iraqis think it was better before the US invasion

The Iraq Centre for Research and Strategic Studies conducted an in-person survey of 2,000 Iraqis from Baghdad, Anbar, and Najaf in November 2006.

Here are the responses to one of their questions (data from GlobalResearch.ca):

Do you feel the situation in the country is better today or better before the U.S.-led invasion?

* Better today: 5%
* Better before: 90%
* Not sure: 5%

While I haven’t been able to find the original study, multiple articles (UPI, Guardian, Al Jazeera) have been written on it, each one including a different portion of the survey’s findings:

* “79 percent saw a decline in the economic situation; 12 percent felt things had improved and 9 percent said there was no change.” (UPI)
* “95 percent felt the security situation was worse than before.” (UPI)
* “Nearly 66 per cent of respondents to the Iraqi survey thought violence would decrease if US forces were to leave.” (Al Jazeera)
* “[N]early 90 per cent described the [Iraq] government’s implementation of its commitments and promises as very poor.” (Al Jazeera)

Oddly, Al Jazeera’s report on this survey is dated December 14, but the earliest non-Al Jazeera report I’ve found on is dated December 29 (UPI).

According to Sourcewatch, the Iraq Centre for Research and Strategic Studies has strong links to the pro Bush regime in Baghdad.

So, Bushies, don’t moan on any “blame America bias” which just isn’t there.

The survey was in various cities; so, probably a representative mix of Sunnis, Shiites, and other tendencies among Iraqis.

Of course, before the US invasion, there was the awful Saddam Hussein dictatorship in Iraq.

As the apologists for Dumbya Bush never fail to point out; ‘of course’, in the period after they made lots of money selling poison gas to Saddam.

Then, there were also the economic sanctions against Iraq, which killed hundreds of thousands of children.

Causing then US Secretary of State Ms Albright to say on these children’s deaths: Yes, it is worth it.

That Iraqis prefer even these hellish times to now says quite something on George W Bush.

Poll: US soldiers oppose Bush’s war policy.

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