A comprehensive survey of the Iraqi people was recently completed and it
provides a useful reality check to the assumptions that 'Operation Iraqi Freedom as a failure for various reasons: Iraqis are too sectarian to form a nation; they reject democracy as an imposition; or the average Iraqi lives a life of fear due to the deterioration of security since SaddamÂs fall.'
Getting a lot of press at the present time is the "civil war" which was fueled in large part by Zarquawi and the bombing of the Golden Dome Mosque in February 2006. As for the Iraqi people's view of sectarianism, however, the survey shows
Ninety-four percent of Iraqis support a ÂunityÂ government, representing all religious and ethnic communities, as opposed to 2 percent who do not support it. Asked to judge whether Iraqis should be segregated by religion, or by ethnicity, 78 percent of Iraqis oppose those prospects; only 13 percent support them. In multi-ethnic Baghdad, where most of the sectarian revenge killings occur, 76 percent of the public opposed ethnic separation; 10 percent supported it.
The article and survey are here
Iraq is by no means a cakewalk, and it is a violent place, but evidence exists that show progress.
Hat Tip to Matthew Sheffield
Gateway Pundit says that "the bombing of Shia Golden Dome Mosque may be the turning point in the formation of the democratic Iraq" and has an analysis here
Also, remember the stats that show Iraq is safer that D.C., Detroit, and Baltimore