What Iraqis think
: Zeyad translates and posts the results of a fascinating poll of Iraqis conducted all over the country by the Iraqi Center for Research and Strategic Studies. Go see all the results. Some highlights:
1)What was your reaction to Saddam Hussein’s capture?
Overwhelming joy 59%
Shock and confusion 20%
None of my concern 5%…
3)Do you think that Saddam deserves a fair trial?
4)Do you prefer that Saddam be tried by:
An Iraqi court? 60%
An Iraqi court with International advisors? 15%
An International court of justice? 25%
5)What is the fair judgement you believe Saddam deserves?
6)What do you think a speedy trial of Saddam would achieve?
It would prevent an internal schism or conflict 45%
It would ensure security and stability 30%
It would increase chaos 14%
It would help end the occupation 10%
7)How do you think Saddam’s capture would affect the resistance?
Decrease resistance activities 53%
Increase resistance activities 27%
Cessation of resistance 20%…
9)Which is more important to you?
Providing security 54.9%
Providing fuel 35.8%
Saddam’s capture 34.4%
Providing electricity 28.8%
Improving the economic situation 5.3%
10)Do you agree that those who suffered from the regime should be compensated?
And then they were asked whether a series of Saddam’s actions were crimes or were justified. They thought they all were crimes… except fighting Israel.
: MORE: Al-MuaJaha has a report from a visitor to Baghdad about life there:
The restaurant business in Iraq is booming, wherever you go, restaurants are full. Some of them even charge by U.S. dollars. Prices are high for local people and reasonable for foreigners who have dollars. An average price for any Iraqi or western dish is between 6000 ID, which is equivalent to $3 U.S. and 10000 ID or $5 U.S. Quality is getting better after the war: drinks are served in a very limited way, mainly imported beers. When I asked about our good beer, which we used to produce, I was surprised to learn that even the beer factories were looted, in addition to all the other factories….
Foreign restaurants, like Indian Chinese French, Italian English and American restaurants, are not yet there….
It is not likely foreign investors will open restaurants in Iraq at the present time and it may takes a long time.
However, when I asked about the giant American fast-food chain, MacDonald