Iraq was a shythole occupied by Shia, Sunni and the dastardly Kurds.<quoted text>
Hey listen, no one ever said Iraq was Utopia. But, it's hell now, thanks to our intervention. If a country has always been under a dictatorship; it's not a quick process to change into democracy.
Sanctions are not a perfect solution, but it does bring about pressure to resolve a problem. Under Sadam Hussein, the terrorists that tried to start trouble were killed. Now, it's a breeding ground.
I should mention that the Iraqi's were not capable of discovering their own oil.
But__it wasn't always a shthole, Babylon was once the center of Islam, the worlds trade routes and learning throughout most of the Abbasid Caliphate in Baghdad which came to an abrupt end in 1258.
That's a long time ago lily but that's where much of Islam remains stuck in time.