Andrea Harris, at Too Much to Dream, has a pair of excellent posts on anti-war activism and how it affects those in Iraq, and how it colors the perceptions of the rest of the world in regards to the United States. Read this post first, and then read this one. (I know they were posted the other way, but they read better in reverse order.) She lays out why our problem is not arrogance, but rather a craving for affection. She also provides yet another anecdotal piece on why the media-sanctioned view on Iraq is wrong. As the VodkaPundit would put it, they're today's required reading.