Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Public dissent in the United States has caused increased attacks against civilians and American soldiers in Iraq, according to a recent study by two Harvard economists.

Following months of data collection, Jonathan Monten of the Belfer Center at the Kennedy School of Government and Radha K. Iyengar of the Center for Government and International Studies determined that there was a 5-10 percent increase in insurgent attacks following a spike in anti-war rhetoric.

---- I know progressives don't want to hear information such as this study but it makes logistical sense for Iraqi insurgents; anti-war rhetoric encourages their recruitment, their patience. The authors above aptly named it the "emboldened effect."

The "effect" is also one of the reasons MSM does not widely cover events with WinterSoldiers, Cindy Sheehan, Kucinich, Code Pink, etc. But don't worry - the Qatar emirate owned Aljazeera and Allied Media in Alexandria, VA are spreading democracy and keeping the insurgency informed of Joe Blow poll opinions and sentiment.

(Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (Arabic: الشيخ حمد بن خليفة آل ثاني‎) became the Emir of the State of Qatar on June 26, 1995 after deposing his father, who was vacationing in Switzerland at the time.)

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