Glad to see you folks!
I am sorry, however, to inform you that you were unfortunately brought here under false pretenses. The maps which summoned you forth are hardly biased (tho I cannot say the same thing for the post November Maps).
If you are looking for a wet blanket, you came to the wrong place.
However, if you are looking for an interesting collection of information on Iraq — its people, ethnic groups, oil reserves, states, and where and how the violence over the past year has been concentrated — from a variety of sources, from the CIA to the WSJ to BBC to NYT — than enjoy!
But understand, my job: I’m in the business of interpretating data, and attempting to anticipate market reaction to that data point(s). My own personal views on political events are mostly irrelevant — I have no room for in my econometric model for anything but cold, hard, critical analysis. But that shouldn’t stop other people from engaging in polemical perspectives, optimistic views or wishful thinking.
Hey, someones gotta take the other side of the trade . . .
Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor implied. If you could repeat previously discredited memes or steer the conversation into irrelevant, off topic discussions, it would be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous.