The image of Americans dipping their fingers in blue ink in solidarity with brave Iraqis is striking. Before the war, we assumed that the ordinary people of Iraq would treat us as liberators. Briefly, they did. But the horrifying physical insecurity they faced soon led them to demand more of the foreign military force in the land. I think many Americans might have perceived Iraqis as ungrateful for the sacrifice of our treasure and blood, ungrateful for the liberation.
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