GRAVE DOUBTS: Betsy Pisik explains why Iraqis aren’t rushing to surrender:
“We love America,” an Iraqi engineer working at the town’s port said yesterday. “Every Iraqi, every woman and man, all hate Saddam.”
But like many residents of Umm Qasr, he would not allow his name to be published in an American newspaper. “Not until Saddam is dead,” he said.
Hard to blame him, really. We did, after all, encourage Iraqis to overthrow Saddam in 1991 only to let many get slaughtered before setting up no-fly zones but leaving Saddam in power.