2 November 2003

Rebel war spirals out of control

Most worrying of all is the emergence of a broad, post-Saddam ideology across the groups. And if recent polling in Baghdad is to be believed, it is rapidly gaining currency with ordinary Iraqis. It is crudely simple, insisting that the US-led occupation is an assault against both Islam and the wider Arab nation, that Iraqis must resist and that anyone who assists the occupiers is an enemy as much as US troops.

Things to note: apparently Iraqis are capable of reacting for themselves and they don't like the occupation; US and UK intelligence disagree on the nature of the resistance and what to do about it; spinning the Western media does not seem to have a vigorous deterrent effect on the Iraqi resistance.

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