So where is the predicted bloodbath in Iraq?

Big ChiefBig Chief Senior MemberPosts: 31,688 Senior Member
Many folks (myself included) predicted a wholesale bloodbath in Iraq following our withdrawal, well it ain't happened. Sure, some bombings, but not nearly the wholesale chaos/civil war that seemed a real possibility. So, so far so good more or less. I hope it holds to everyday run-of-the-mill level of violence (for that part of the world) and doesn't escalate.
Time will tell.

Maybe they want a stabilized country with a future, maybe one of the warring factions just can't get a one up on the others (Curds/Shiites and Sunnis) right now the way power was divided up and elections determined, I dunno.
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  • samzheresamzhere Banned Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    I'm cautiously optimistic. Or, maybe, just not pessimistic. Iraqis have traditionally been a bit less religion-crazed than many of the other Muslim-dominated countries. Their economy is picking up, and their government seems to be moderately sane (which is a lot to ask for in the Middle East). The Iraqi army is also one of the better trained and competent of the region (not counting of course Israel).

    Maybe, Big, as you said, the Iraqis want a stable country and a decent life to live rather than running around killing each other. At least, most of them it appears. And compared with their neighbors, the Iraqis also seem to have a somewhat open society, the businesses, everyday people, press freedoms and individual liberties lacking elsewhere by comparison.

    We can only hope. Right now, at least, the center appears to be holding. Ya never know. Could happen.

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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 22,972 Senior Member
    I hope the different factions can learn to play nice. But they are easily offended. And Iran is stirring the pot on the sly. Just have to wait and see if they make a go of it, and tell Iran to go pound sand.
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  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 8,678 Senior Member
    tennmike wrote: »
    I hope the different factions can learn to play nice. But they are easily offended. And Iran is stirring the pot on the sly. Just have to wait and see if they make a go of it, and tell Iran to go pound sand.

    :that: Saadam had run a lot of Shiite radicals into Iran. Now they are coming back, after learning even more radical teachings while in Iran.
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