Have you lived in America in the last 30 years? In this culture, opposition to authority is an automatic mark of superior morals, let alone a superior intellect to boot. It doesn't matter who's in office, demonstrating on the streets, flipping a bird at anyone in uniform, tossing invectives and dog feces at cops - all of these contribute to recognition by your peers as a "cool" human being. And since it's obvious that the people that the press refers to as "insurgents" in Iraq are not marching down the streets singing Kumbaya, but killing and maiming anything that moves with live ammo and explosives, the connection to violent resistance to occupation should be fairly obvious. Don't know about anyone else, but I read English in the same direction every day.