Iraq will become a democracy, but it won't be easy or quick. A while back the same sort of nay sayers (or their grandfathers) had the same reservations about Japan. After all, these people had NEVER known democracy. How can a people steeped in a feudal system crowned with a Deity/Emperor ever become a democratic, liberal society?!? Well....guess what? It did. And it is one of the world's most solid democracies and societies. Not perfect. But its no Italy (where they change gov'ts faster than sox). Oh and it has the US to thank for that. (But I'm sure msfe/wild will say that's just "utter nonsense") Sorry! I just realized that I may be taking this thread down a 'political' debate road and I don't want to do that. Mea culpa. Lets go back to the markets, gold, stocks, etc.