June 18, 2014 12:00 AM

The bitter truth about Iraq: we can’t fix it

than its return to brutal conflict so soon after a decade of war, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths, and untold hardship for its families. Perhaps it was wishful thinking to believe it could have turned out better. But two years ago, there was genuine hope that Nuri al-Maliki’s government could pull the country together, govern reasonably, and begin to heal the many wounds of war.

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