We have moved so far from our roots as a nation that we are making fundamentally flawed assumptions about the nature of democracy. It does not surprise me that our assumptions about Iraqi opposition to a central government were far off the mark.
It’s sad, though. We lived under tyrannical rule and when we broke the yoke, we opted for a small federal government that could not abuse us that way again. Now, we’ve become so used to the chains of our government that we automatically assume the Iraqis would like to share them.