The Stones of Baghdad

(New York Times) Nicholas D. Kristof - If American military strategy assumes popular support from Iraqis facilitating an invasion and occupation, the White House is making an error that could haunt us for years. After scores of interviews with ordinary people from Mosul in the north to Basra in the south, I've reached two conclusions: 1. Iraqis dislike and distrust Saddam Hussein, particularly outside the Sunni heartland, and many Iraqis will be delighted to see him gone. 2. Iraqis hate the U.S. government even more than they hate Saddam, and they are even more distrustful of America's intentions than Saddam's.

2002-10-04 00:00:00

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