Monday, February 07, 2005
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Iraq Elections Already Paying Dividends

Washington Post: Insurgency suffering from new Iraqi pride -- Public support for rebels seems to be waning since the election By DOUG STRUCK
Officials in Baghdad said a relative lull in violence in the capital has fueled the sense that something has fundamentally changed since the vote. A change of attitudes in Baghdad could make a crucial difference in the battle against the terrorists, and a buoyed sense of civic pride is already beginning to change the way the public treats the police, authorities say. "They saw what we did for them in the election by providing safety, and now they understand this is their army and their sons," said Sgt. Haider Abudl Heidi, a national guardsman wearing a flak jacket at a checkpoint in Baghdad.