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The Arab countries and the Iraq war: From opposition to resignation

Mike Sullivan commented on the change of attitude among Arab countries after the US victory in Iraq. Miles Seeley says: "I found General Sullivan's posting very interesting. I'm sure there is something to it, in that when faced with our overwhelming power right in their neighborhood, Arab leaders are feeling a little afraid and are being cautious. I was opposed to this war, but I admit my hope that it would be swift, that we would prevail, and that there would be a minimum of casualties on either side, has come true. Perhaps my hope that this will not create hundreds of new "martyrs" sowing destruction will also come true.

It's also interesting, judging from the majority of postings here and from media reports, that we can do nothing right in Iraq now. Somehow it is our fault that things don't work right, that there was looting, that we don't favor an Islamic government, that people are hungry, and so on. The postings and media reports about Iraqi citizens being happy we threw out Saddam and his despotic butchers are rarely reported. General Garner has a very difficult task, but he seems to be approaching it with sensitivity and a plan to turn Iraq back to the Iraqis ASAP. I wish him luck.

RH: The latest issue of The Economist says the real motive of the war on Iraq was to convince other countries that any attack on the US would meet with prompt retribution. The appointment of Jay Garner was met with great hostility, especially in the Arab world, because of his close ties with Israel, and it would therefore seem unwise. Why was he chosen?

Ronald Hilton - 4/26/03