It's a thought which's occured to me recently. Would a strong democratic Iraq be in American interests? Given the unpopularity of America in Iraq, it's hardly a stretch to assume that a truely democraticly elected government in Iraq would not be particularly pro American. As an example if a democraticly elected Iraqi government decided in a few years time to cancel American contracts issued during the occupation and by the current provisional 'government', or even completely nationalise their oil industry, what would US reaction be? Bearing in mind that a smilar act in Iran* prompted the US to overthrow a democraticly elected government and put the shah in power. What if a democratic Iraq started developing close links with Iran and Syria and developed a regional anti-US-influence alliance. Any thoughts? *the nationalisation of the Iranian oil industry so that the money from Iranian oil would be fully utilised in building the lives of Iranians, what a crazy idea!