I'm sure the neo-arabist will not agree, but my Iraqi friends do and they are very proud of the fact that yes....Iraq set in motion the tremors in the Arab world....not sure if it will lead to anything better but even the grand old man of Arab opinion Hussenein Heykal (who rarely has anything good to say about the US or Iraq) agreed that the Iraqi government structure is best for the Arab world.This is not about giving credit to anyone or sanctioning the Second Gulf War, but noting that events have origins and sometimes it is useful to acknowledge those origins. As bumpy as the governmental process is in Iraq, might it not be at least equal to that of Belgium and perhaps good enough to survive for some time. If it survives, might it give hope to others?
Might Iraq now be ready for US, and other, forces to withdraw? Sure, it might need further monetary aid and expertise from abroad. But, it might be ready to stand on its own two feet.
Regards — Cliff