Alaa of THE MESOPOTAMIAN:tramslates an article written in Arabic.
Alaa states,"The importance of this article is that it offers a glimpse into the frame of mind of many, especially amongst the religious Shiaa people."
"Politically, the U.S. has made an important conquest so far: That of the hearts and strategic alliance of both the majority of the Shiaa and certainly the Kurds; that accounts for at least 75% of the Iraqi people. And I am sure a sizable part of the Iraqi Sunnis can be won over eventually. The undercurrent of largely unspoken popular support and gratitude remains despite all the hardships, mistakes and even harshness in the relationship between the troops and the population due to the mistrust created by the terrorists. This is something that no amount of Media bias and enemy propaganda can shake off. This is the decisive factor, and this is what is going to prevail in the end of the day."
I have followed Alaa's blog for over a year and have come to rely on his insights. If you do not follow the Iraqi blogs and our own troops Milblogs, Michael Yon an embeded journalist in Iraq and Chrenkoff's blog you probably have little idea of what is transpiring in Iraq. The media doesn't tell the story and Ted Kennedy makes all of his pronouncements from a vacuum since he has never set foot in Iraq.