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Well-Meaning Projects Stir Contempt in Iraq

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Well-Meaning Projects Stir Contempt in Iraq

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Well-Meaning Projects Stir Contempt in Iraq

Well-Meaning Projects Stir Contempt in Iraq

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The Army touts its programs for establishing good will in Iraqi villages, such as paying villagers to collect trash in their neighborhoods. The experience of one patrol shows how a well-meaning project can engender hostility and mutual contempt between villagers and soldiers, as well as the culture of dependency that conservatives warn against.