The BBC is surprised at this, but I’m not.
Iraqis and Afghans are the among most optimistic people in the world when it comes to their economic future, a new survey for the BBC suggests. . . .
In Afghanistan, 70% say their own circumstances are improving, and 57% believe that the country overall is on the way up.
In Iraq, 65% believe their personal life is getting better, and 56% are upbeat about the country’s economy.
Just a poll, of course, but I don’t find the results out of the ordinary at all. Think about it for a moment. Partisan demagogery and overwhelmingly negative media reporting aside, who in the world has had more change for them in the last few years – for the better – than the citizens of Afghanistan and Iraq?
The citizens of both those nations have enjoyed seeing oppressive former regimes cast down and a democratic form of government by the people replace them. And while things haven’t gone perfectly over the last couple of years it is safe to say that the people of Iraq and Afghanistan are enjoying more personal freedoms and economic liberties now then they have in generations.
So the real question is this: Why wouldn’t they be optimistic?
(via Pajamas Media)
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