This made headlines in the German media.
I am also a professor at a military-related institution, and my little brother is an enlisted Marine (a sniper with 1-3) in Fallujah. This weekend he called for the first time since the battle began. He informed us that a large number of the residents of Fallujah, before fleeing the battle, left blankets and bedding for the Marines and Soldiers along with notes thanking the Americans for liberating their city from the terrorists, as well as invitations to the Marines and Soldiers to sleep in their houses. (emphasis added.)
Western Media Misinforming About Iraq, Says Kirkuk Prelate
Chaldean Archbishop Sees Hope in Elections
KIRKUK, Iraq, NOV. 18, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The Chaldean archbishop of Kirkuk criticized Western media "misinformation" about his country and insisted that Iraqis are looking forward to elections "because they will be useful for national unity."
"It is not all death and destruction," explained Archbishop Louis Sako in an interview Tuesday published by AsiaNews.
"Much is positive in Iraq today," he said. "Universities are operating, schools are open, people go out onto the streets normally." (...)
"Iraqis are happy to be having elections and are looking forward to them because they will be useful for national unity," he said. "Perhaps not everything will go exactly to plan, but, with time, things will improve. Finally Iraqis will be given the chance to choose.
"Why is there so much noise and debate coming out from the West when before, under Saddam, there were no free elections, but no one said a thing?" (...)
Archbishop Sako criticized Europe's absence from the scene.
"Europe is absent, it's not out there; the United States is on its own," he said.
Europe "must help the Iraqi government to control its borders to prevent the entry of foreign terrorists," but "also provide economic help to encourage a new form of culture which is open to coexistence, the acceptance of others, respect for the human person and for other cultures," the Chaldean prelate said.
"Europe must understand that there is no time to waste on marginal or selfish interests: The entire world needs peace," he warned.
In the archbishop's opinion, Europe must act "because Europeans know the Middle East better than the Americans, they are culturally closer to Arabs, they are very familiar with the Palestinian problem and the situation in the Middle East."
"The Middle East needs help to rediscover peace and usher the Muslim countries into contemporary society, with its foundation of democracy and freedom. If the Iraqi model fails, it will be a disaster for everyone. These terrorist groups will gain strength around the world," he said.
It is obvious, this guy doesn't have clue about what's really going on in Iraq. There's CHAOS, CHAOS, CHAOS everywhere.
Can't someone send him a link to much more realistic scenarios?