In the wake of World War II, the United States occupied and controlled many aspects of life in Japan. Today that nation is one of the world’s most peaceful and prosperous.
A similar phenomenon is taking place in Iraq, though not to quite so drastic a degree. (Perhaps that’s because the occupation is not as full-fledged as in post-WWII Japan?)
If comments made by Iraqi readers on a BBC forum (BBC no less!) discussing the abduction of IDF Corporal Gilad Shalit are anything to go by, the citizens of Iraq are beginning – as a direct result of America’s intervention – to reject terrorism so thoroughly as to actually support Israel’s current action against Hamas.
From Iraq the Model, whose author was kind enough to monitor the Arabic-language BBC site and translate some of the more pertinent comments:
“About three dozens of comments were made by Iraqis both inside Iraq and in exile and all these comments were supportive of Israel or at least against Hamas as far as the topic is concerned except for only three comments; that’s a 10:1 ratio while as you probably have guesses, the opposite ratio is true about the comments by the rest of Arabs.”
“…what really makes me feel optimistic about this new Iraqi way of thinking is that it shows how Iraqis are beginning to distinguish between terrorism and rightful acts of resistance not only in Iraq but also on a global level and are showing decreasing tolerance for extremism and this in my opinion is what builds peace in the region or any given region of this world.”
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