Monday, April 25, 2005

And This is in on the BBC

I used to think BBC was for Britain's Best Communists, but this is making me rethink that judgment.

Recently,
British Broadcasting Corporation decided to conduct a little vox populi around Iraq:

"Two years after the statue of Saddam Hussein was toppled in Baghdad, marking the fall of the city to US-led forces, BBC Arabic.com asked seven Iraqis for their thoughts on how life has changed for them since the conflict."

The results were surprising, certainly for the BBC, whose attitude towards the liberation of Iraq has always been at best lukewarm. They were surprising for me too, not so much in what the seven Iraqis had to say, but that the BBC still chose to run the story.

Surprising to you maybe...

Here's Saad, 32, sound engineer from Basra: "Iraqis are feeling better. They are breathing the air of freedom. They read, watch and say what they want. They travel, work and receive a living wage. They use mobile phones, satellite dishes and the internet, which they did not even know before... As for terrorism, we are now beginning to unite against it and to defeat it."

GASP! You mean the Iraqi people are better off after the mean ol' Americans ousted the homicidal maniac, Saddam Hussein. Color me surprised.

The piece is a good read, go over and take a look.

H/T to ACE.