by Felicity Arbuthnot
Breathing with the lungs of a lunatic,
That is it,
This is the twentieth century." (A Mirror for the Twentieth Century: Adonis - Ali Ahmad Said, 1930 - :)
Recently a contradictory, but in important areas, remarkably sunny opinion poll on "progress" in Iraq, conducted in April, was released. (i)
It was, it has to be said, a divide and rule sort of survey as it split respondents in to Shia, Sunni, Kurdish - the Shia, obviously were largely supportive of Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki, from the Iranian backed Dawa Party.
However, for those in the west wishing a phoenix to rise from Iraq's ashes - the illegal invasion, occupation, destruction, resultant mass graves of maybe one and a half million beings, the million orphans, the over four million displaced, the unimaginable, near industrial scale, often daily carnage, nearly a decade on - incredibly, things are looking up..... MORE