US/Iraq Perceptions

By: Evan Fitzgerald
By: Evan Fitzgerald

Former Iraqi Chief of Protocol Haitham Rashid Wahaib speaks to relatives in Iraq often, and has a message about the American Soldiers there.

"The courage and the morale of the American soldiers are high," said Wahaib.

He says despite the violence that continues in his country, many Iraqis still believe American soldiers are necessary for the nation to rebuild.

"If the American troops withdraw from Iraq no, it will tear apart," said Wahaib.

He looks to the recent democratic elections as a symbol of a bright future.

"The election was like a wedding for Iraqis. Poor people there who have only one suit, wore their best suit and went to elect," he said.

And he hopes the violent tactics that plague his countryside don't serve their purpose.

"There are a lot of people, for one reason or another, that don't want the American nation to complete their mission. But we need them there."

Wihaib says he understands that not all Americans agree with sending troops to his country, but he wants to help bridge the communication gap, and express the gratitude of his people for doing so.

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