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Iraq is a better place—despite latest bloodbath

By Tom Streithorst  

Iraqis will re-elect Nouri Maliki not because they like him, but because they crave strong government.

I’m a cameraman, so facts have never been my strong suit. Vibe and mood are. And despite Sunday’s brutal bombing, the mood in Baghdad is worlds away from the dark days of 2006-2007, when ordinary Iraqis feared driving home, feared the militia checkpoints where so many had been taken out of their cars, tortured and killed.

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