I posted a comment in January of 2007, right after the newly appointed Shiia regime hanged Saddam Hussain. I find the pundits reaction of surprise in the way things have turned out in that region to be quite puzzling and amusing at the same time.
We have sealed the fate of Iraq with this last attrocity. Secular Baathists have been deprived of a leading figure, with the Baathist in disarray more of the Sunni energy will go into Al-Qaeda like organizations. Saudi's will step into help the Wahabi Sunnis and the Iranians will increase their influence. But the US will be pulling both strings, Saudis can not sneeze without the US's knowledge and the Shiias depend on the US for protection. If Iran is going to support the Shiias in Iraq, they will have to do it with the US's knowledge. It's the old Iran-Iraq war all over. We provided chemical weapon and intelligence to Iraq and sent missiles and rockets to Iran through Israel. Iraq will be the ground where US will play a game of chess with the Saudi and Iranian pieces. We'll control the strategic, economic, and political strings of the region, we'll control the friend and the enemy..... There is no other way to transfer the Saudi, Iraqi, and Iranian money to the coffers of the MIC(military industrial complex) than a civil war in Iraq. There is no faster way of transferring the wealth of middle class to the super rich but an endless war, and there is no other way of controling a fearful population but a endless string of bogeymen. We created and killed Zarqawi and Saddam and we will create and kill a many more before we are done with this twisted dance of death.