How are the American military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq perceived in the Middle East?
All I can tell you is what I have heard or read in the papers. Before the Iraq War began, Middle East people often wrote articles saying that if the United States went into Iraq, it would have catastrophic results within the Middle East. They wrote how rebuilding Iraq would be a tremendously complex task with multiple complications to deal with. Later, articles expressed great humility and sadness for a neighboring Arab country to be in such dire need, for instance, after Saddam’s capture. In the Arab world, it appears to be more a matter of pride versus ousting a dictator. We have also read articles rejoicing in the capture of Saddam that express happiness, not sadness, of Saddam’s capture. They write of much hope that America and Great Britain will continue with the peace-keeping operations in Iraq and the hope that other countries will join the U.S. in the relief effort soon. 11. How do you and your family spend your leisure time while living in the Middle East? As a family activity