So far the continuous good news show that we have heard from the White House and its die-hard defenders, things are improving in Iraq, the war was worth it, the war is almost finished, resistance is weakening (that's what they say since 2003) etc. . Now reality: the oil-for-peace program only existed because the US refused to lift a cruel embargo for political reasons, of course the embargo was shredded with corruption, what did you expect, an oil-producing country that can't export its oil and can't import necessary products for the economy? The embargo should have been lifted the moment the inspectors didn't find any more WMD's in Iraq but it didn't happen because the US and GB refused for political reasons. But let's talk about corruption: according to transparency international Iraq today is among the most corrupted countries in the world, several ministers of the US-appointed Allawi-government are accused of stealing billions and many US-companies have obtained contracts in very dubious ways. the poll is indeed one year old but another recent Bagdad university poll published in Le Monde diplomatique is even more explicit.Originally Posted by Illuminatus
In CÃ´te d'Ivoire there are still political tentions but at least there is no civil war and people are not dying on a regular base, also living conditions didn't plummet as in Iraq, and CÃ´te d'Ivoire is not a petrol-state but a poor African country.
The poll you mentioned does not represent the Iraqi people but the Iraqi businessmen, and only in Bagdad, the shiite south and Kuirdish north. Iraqi women employment under saddam was among the highest in the Arab world, today it is recovering a bit but still way below the numbers of 2002. Anyway I'll search further to find an internet-link to the recent poll.