- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 26, 2006

Iraqis are optimistic about the future — confirmed most recently by a new World Economic Forum Survey showing that the majority of Iraqis think the future will be safer.

The “Voice of the People” poll found that six of every 10 Iraqis are optimistic about the country’s future and think the world will be a safer place for the next generation. This contrasts sharply with the 67 percent of western Europeans who think the world will be worse off and the 54 percent of Americans who agree. Afghans are even more optimistic than Iraqis (77 percent).

As Iranian columnist Amir Taheri put it in a New York Post column discussing the findings: “[T]he end of the Taliban and the Saddamites has given Afghans and Iraqis a degree of optimism that they did not have before liberation.”

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