I was reflecting on Human History as I was pondering the mess in Iraq...and pose these questions to the "Nation" family:
"Can a country really become a sovereign entity without first either a) Civil War and/or b) Internal Revolution"?
"Will ANY country EVER become a "United" country without a "dominant" presense in control, especially in the Middle East"?
I say "no" and "no".
Historically, it just seems like a country has to first go through either a Civil War and/or Revolution first; and out of the aformentioned, there must be a "dominant" presense in control.