In an attempt to understand the majority of this board better, I have spent time recently perusing quite a few conservative web sites and blogs. The vast majority express little respect or admiration for the Iraqi people. Basically, these people think most Iraqis are militant Muslim terrorist sympathizers and need to blown off the face of the earth. So...my question is: If we really despise the Iraqis so much, why are we expending so much money and lives to protect them against ... themselves? If you have an opinion that does not involve the standard hackney "liberal bashing," feel free to express it.