WARNING: Take these pictures with a grain of salt. Dan Rather and the CBS News staff have not vouched for their authenticity.
Also, these few pictures do NOT tell the whole story in Iraq. Among 25,000,000 people, an average of at least a half dozen or more per day are being killed by insurgent terrorism, and American or Iraqi government countermeasures.
Do these pictures represent the experience and sentiments of 1% of Iraqis? 10%? 50%? 90%? How can we even judge?
Well, as a fair & balanced reporter, I won't even try. I report, YOU decide.
Also, consider the possibility that these photos are somehow faked, the subjects bribed or threatened. You wanna smile for the camera, or you wanna trip to Abu Gharib?
That said, here are the raw photos for your interpretation. Make of them what you will.