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Too tired to fight
Iraq is in a little better state, but it's a mess as well, in much worse shape than when Saddam was in charge. I mean, even Saddam had trouble running Iraq and keeping the peace, and he was brutal with anyone who caused trouble, and even with those who didn't. But with him and his government gone, all the different factions can do as they want—and they often try to do it to others before others try to do it to them!
The only thing going for Iraq at the moment is that, after decades of war and suffering—first war with Iran, then with the U.S. in the first Gulf War, then after a decade of sanctions, then with the present war with the U.S. and occupation—the Iraqis are mostly too tired to go on fighting, and anxious to get on with their lives again. That doesn't mean the country is at peace, but at least the desire is there.
Ted Rudow III,MA