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  •  Except for one thing (4.00)
    No oil in the center of the country.  Would the Sunnis/Baathists, who've held sway for so long, who after all are the population opposing a peaceful state, accept that much smaller pie?

    That was the one huge, gaping hole in the calculations all along:  It was not just bad person Saddam and couple henchmen against the good people of Iraq.  That's a pretty large clique of people who fed at the trough, and used to resorting to violence to hold power.  That's why, two years later, it still ain't no cakewalk.

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