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Poverty and oppression

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Submitted by judy durham (United States), Jun 13, 2003 at 14:48

Could it be that the difference between the Iraqis and other people we have liberated: French, Japanese, Kuwaitese, Panamanians, is that the Iraqis were severely oppressed and in much deeper poverty. It seems that the anger at their own government and "culture" has been seething for a long time and exploded when, after 30 years, they are finally freed from a horrific tyrannt......all this in addition to the violent political culture their mindset has breed. I think it is believable the Iraqis anger supercedes any gratitude they show for the liberation. They did show some gratitude but the reality of their mess, plus the propaganda against the West has warp their thinking for generations. They probably need to learn gratitude also....at least how to make it a part of the mileu of their country. Freedom and democracy changes the atmosphere of a culture but, as you said, will take a long time.
Judy, Colorado
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