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Re: [casi] Most Iraqis Want Troops To Stay, Says Poll

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In a message dated 07/17/2003 11:36:45 PM Central Daylight Time, writes:

> however,  i believe that the
> outcomes should be enormously different if poll asks "do you

       You also have a population that has a long history of censoring itself
due to the ramifications of open dissent.  Obviously this will influence the
answers that some people will give, while other people will test drive their
newfound "liberation."  I believe the article also noted that there was gunfire
in the background as people are answering this poll.  Shell shock.

I also believe that had the poll perhaps had some other possible replies, we
might get a much different perspective.  I seem to recall from my experimental
psychology classes that you can generally make a poll say anything you wish
based on how the queries are written and administered.

I don't even want the US troops to stay in this country, but then we have far
too long supported troops at the expense of almost everything else.  (species

Hope your all well.

Roger Stroope
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff USA

During the war crimes trials at Nuremberg, psychologist Gustave Gilbert
visited Nazi Reichsmarshall Hermann Goering in his prison cell. "We got around to
the subject of war again and I said that, contrary to his attitude, I did not
think that the common people are very thankful for leaders who bring them war
and destruction," Gilbert wrote in his journal, Nuremberg Diary.

"Why, of course, the people don't want war," Goering shrugged. "Why would
some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can
get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? ... That is
understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy
and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a
democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a parliament or a communist dictatorship
... That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and
denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to
danger. It works the same way in any country."

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