Oh, I understand all right, Mock... when governments are run by religious zealots, the potential exists for a lot of abuses. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
So tell me this, Mock... did you ever really buy into the notion of the Islamic world embracing democracy at gunpoint? It's an alien concept to them.
The animosities in that part of the world have been ongoing for literally thousands of years... and I suspect they'll continue no matter what we do. You and I do agree, however, that we're in a no-win situation in Iraq now.