I asked a 28-year-old engineer if he and his family would participate in the Iraqi elections since it was the first time Iraqis could to some degree elect a leadership. His response summed it all: “Go and vote and risk being blown into pieces or followed by the insurgents and murdered for cooperating with the Americans? For what? To practice democracy? Are you joking?”
The truth will out: no matter how hard the ideologues try to manage information, the facts will come out, their incompetence and hubris revealed. It’s very late, with thousands killed to save face for a few armchair warriors: I hope it’s not too late.