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    I doubt any Iraqi sees much of a difference between the two unless the mercs are really super abusing their position of power. A foreign soldier on your soil is just that, regardless of who's paying him how much. I think there's been a lot of resentment built up by the checkpoints, searches, house raids (complete with dogs, feet on heads and petty theft) and live fire crowd control, especially in areas considered troublesome.

    I'm put in mind of how the British troops were welcomed in Nationalist parts of Belfast when they arrived. The welcome didn't last long. There's bound to be a lot of friction between any civilian population and a group of armed young men on their streets controlling their movements, especially when they two groups are from radically different cultures. The more friction, the more risk to the occupiers, the more risk, the more they impinge on peoples normal lives and so... more friction.

    Never wrestle a pig... you both get dirty but the pig likes it.

    by nyoos junkey on Fri Apr 02, 2004 at 05:10:04 PM PST

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