Measuring opinion in a 'war zone' – what Iraqi's really think

Johnny Heald
ORB, United Kingdom

Munqith Daghir
IIACSS, Iraq

INTRODUCTION

Iraq, a country located between two rivers, the Tigris and the Euphrates, has frequently seen conflict and bloodshed. However, many may not be aware of its contribution towards the history of civilisation – it is widely accepted that writing first began here and Iraq introduced the zero into mathematics. Within Iraq one can find the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Garden of Eden. The Southern city of Diyala is believed to be the origin of civilisation.

Many readers are probably a lot more aware of their recent history. On March 20th 2003 American and Allied forces once again invaded Iraq, the justification being that the regime held weapons of mass destruction. In the West we could wake up in the morning and watch breakfast TV which showed live battles from Iraq. We heard a lot of opinion from politicians, from military leaders and journalists (see Figure 1).