Many of these people have never lived as a free people. The tyrant was in power for 35 years.
The best I can figure is that they are victims of "learned helplessness."
Or perhaps they are just victims. How brave would you be if you looked at some one the wrong way and your eye was poked out? Or if you didn't march to vote for the dictator and one of your immediate family members were fed feet first into a chipper? Or you committed some "alleged" crine and your child was fed to a caged lion?
That's what makes laboratory dogs continue to cower in their cages even after the doors are open...
A very appropriate analogy. Please think about it in context of what I wrote above.
But people aren't dogs .... One hopes they can learn.
Correct - they aren't dogs. However, It has only been 3 years. During which time sadDAM loyalists and later al-Queda terrorists threaten them the same way sadDAM did.
They will learn, and they want to live as a free people, but it takes time and nurturing to lose the fear.
Again, think of your dog analogy. They need a loving, caring, nurturing human to work with them. The Iraqis are certainly not dogs, but they do need TLC to overcome years of tyrannical rule.
Nope. They need to bite their masters hard
, and keep biting until that tyrannical master withdraws or lies dead from the damage. That's how this nation earned its freedom, and that's the only way they'll ever earn theirs.