Cadet Smirk (jayarr) wrote,
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Think they hate us? Think again.

Take a look at an article by Robert Alt for National Review Online if you want a taste of what real Iraqis, not the Al Sadr foreign-funded extremist militants, think about Americans.
There is also a particular fascination not only with things American, but with Americans themselves. If you tell someone from Baghdad that you are from America, you are likely to be met with excitement and the common exclamation: "I love America." They will want to know where you are from in America, and what you think of Iraq. Without prompting, they will tell you what their lives were like under Saddam, and how they have changed. And their children are likely to be drawn to the American soldiers — waving, smiling, and running to meet them. For those whose impression of Iraqi sentiment has been shaped by the nightly news, the Iraqi response to Americans may be the biggest surprise to come from a trip to Baghdad.

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