John Donovan of ABCNews.com reports:
Traveling unescorted into Safwan today, I got a far different picture. Rather than affection and appreciation, I saw a lot of hostility toward the coalition forces, the United States and President Bush.
Some were even directed towards the media. (It was the first time I heard somebody refer to me as a “Satan.”)
To be sure, conversations with people on the street here begin relatively calmly. But the more they talked, the angrier they got.
In part, much of their discontent stems from the unknown. In speaking with them, the newly-liberated Iraqis ask the same questions that seem to nag many outside Iraq.
Why are you here in this country? Are you trying to take over? Are you going to take our country forever? Are the Israelis coming next? Are you here to steal our oil? When are you going to get out?