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There was not a long-standing conflict in Iraq between Sunnis/Shia, they were fighting together against Iran without much trouble.
The mess was created by the anglosaxons invaders, NOT by Sunnis/Shia.
This horror would not exist if the infrastructures/government/army/oil/university/police have not been destroyed by this war and the inhumane sanctions that were in place since 1992 (enforced by the anglosaxons).
i find frankly too convenient to blame the Sunnis/Shia for this miserable failure.
The false parallel with the occupation of Germany and "debaathification" also played a role, of course, as well as the absolute lack of post-invasion planning and the inability to take control (Baghdad looting) though, seeing that the Oil ministray was indeed protected from looting one would have to conclude it was not inabillity but unwillingness.
Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
What would the price of oil be on the markets?
The conflict goes back almost 1400 years, and you're simply demonstrating Hussein's dictatorial powers by referencing cooperation in the Iran / Iraq war.
The only lesson here is that it is terrible to be on the short end of history.
you are the media you consume.
Think of US without any infrastructure, police, army, education, water, bank system, electricity, with some reckless foreigners that put a huge mess. With the quantity of weaponry each American have, i am quite confident you would have the kind a deadly anarchy we see in Iraq.
the Iraq will be stabilized by the religious, and it will not be pretty.
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