It is a fact that Iraq is a much better place than it was under Saddam, unless you were an Iraqi Baathist.
For a large number of Iraqis, facing violence and terror isn’t anything new. They dealt with it for decades. It’s only those who didn’t have to face it that are terribly shocked by developments over the past few years, and they just can’t figure out why the previously-subjugated would be upset about anything.
One Sunni told a US reporter
“Before the United States came here, no one cared who was Sunni or Shia. Everyone was Iraqi.”
And the US reporter not only believed him about that, but he bought a bridge from him.
And Dean has some follow-up Final Thoughts, including
The fact is that the naysayers claimed we weren’t really striving for liberation. We were. They claimed we’d install a new puppet dictator. We did not. They claimed that we wouldn’t really try to set up a democracy. We did. They claimed there would be no legitimate elections. The Iraqis had three national elections in a row, all certified as legitimate by international observers, not even counting the local elections that were held before that.
Reminds me a bit of something I noted a while back: Remember, this was virtually impossible