As I pointed out recently, the Blogging Tories are all a-twitter over the good news out of Iraq that the Iraqis are just dee-lighted with how things are going. In addition to Canada's Crazy-Assed Racist Redneck, we have BT Jarrett Plonka spreading the gospel of Drudge, then there's Paul over at Celestial Junk, drinking the Kool-Aid:
Somewhere in the debate though, folks forgot to ask Iraqis what they think:
MOST Iraqis believe life is better for them now than it was under Saddam Hussein, according to a British opinion poll published today.
The survey of more than 5,000 Iraqis found the majority optimistic despite their suffering in sectarian violence since the American-led invasion four years ago this week.
But then, what do a bunch of stupid shell-shocked Arabs and Persians know anyway.
And wankery just wouldn't be wankery without Damian Penny quoting exactly the same Times Online piece:
To that end, a new poll suggests that most Iraqis think their life today, despite daily horrors and violence, is still better than life under Saddam Hussein...
Yup, it's definitely party time down at the old bazaar ... except for the niggling inconvenience of this poll, which doesn't seem quite so perky and upbeat:
Pessimism 'growing among Iraqis'
A new survey paints a pessimistic picture of Iraqis' confidence in their own government and in coalition forces.
Only 18% of Iraqis have confidence in US and coalition troops, while opinion is almost evenly split on whether to have confidence in Iraq's government.
About 86% of those questioned expressed concern about someone in their household being a victim of violence...
Asked whether they thought reconstruction efforts in Iraq had been effective, some 67% said they felt they had not...
Well, gosh darn it all -- strikingly different results, all of which means that you won't be reading about any of that over at the BTs 'cuz, well, it's based on reality and, as we all know, the BTs don't really do reality.
But you didn't need me to explain that to you.
SPEAKING OF STANDARDS, it's amusing to notice what passes for victory and good news in conservative circles these days. Appreciate, if you will, that all this wankerific celebrating is based on the claim that, after four years of American occupation, the best you can get out of Iraqis is that an alleged majority of them think things are better than they were under Saddam.
Apparently, we commie, pinko, terrorist-loving Lefties should feel totally smacked down because the "Coalition" troops have finally turned Iraq into something not quite as bad as what it was under a ruthless, homicidal maniac.
Yeah, I know I'd be breaking out the streamers and balloons.