See Dave Aaronovitch article in the Times, which examines a recent editorial in the New York Times. He says: But what could readers make of there being not one single word in the editorial about what Iraqis themselves wanted the US to do? Not one. Iraqi democrats were depicted merely as being people to be airlifted out of the green zone when the Saigon moment arrived. The calls from Iraqi politicians, local leaders in Anbar, the Kurds and many other groups for the Americans to stay on for the time being were not even referred to. That is true unilateralism.
See here for details of trade union action in Basra.
Omar says that the results so far have been astounding, and please allow me to say that I am proud of the change in attitude many of my fellow Iraqis are showing.
See this moving description of daily life in Baghdad. Hat tip to Harry Barnes