I understand your frustration. But were driven by a poilicy or Realpolitik, not your irrelevant analogies. Iraq just blew up again over the last 3 weeks and this time it was the Sunnis aligned with militant Shia killing Marines. By coopting the Sunnis - which are the Baaths - the US has just put itself between them. The aim is stability at this point and a working framework for a democratic republic, which, by definition, includes all. No one says that at some point further the criminals should not be tried. But the country needs to be pulled together and the interests of all considered. They should make the worst violators stand trial and begin a national reconsiliation at some point in the future. Your point is we should be strong, stand on principle, have an inflexible policy, deal with the insurrection militarily and continue to and let out Marines get killed at ever greater rates. Bad idea. A political solution is better. We look stronger in fact. We now have a stronger hand dealing with the majority SHia by engaging the Sunnis. It was a long overdue, but a brillaint coup by Bremer & Co.