EBW at Wampum said to read Riverbend's essay.
My questions about the connection between Iran and Iraq are getting answered. And the answers are not good. Iraqi resentment of the US pales compared with that for Iran.
The agony of the long war with Iran is what makes the current situation in Iraq so difficult to bear- especially this last year. The occupation has ceased to be American. It is American in face, and militarily, but in essence it has metamorphosed slowly but surely into an Iranian one.If you haven't read the background, this essay may not make sense. If you have, it will leave you angry, sad, embarrassed or all of the above. The only way around any of these reactions -- especially embarrassment as an American -- is denial.