Iraq was never a democratic regime not even after US tried to force it to be one with that election. The US put the Shiite majority in power and they immediately started oppressing the Sunni minority...some even called it a sectarian civil war. Gee, who didn't see that coming?
Originally Posted by Jack Hays
"... According to the Failed States Index, produced by Foreign Policy magazine and the Fund for Peace, Iraq was one of the world's top 5 unstable states from 2005 to 2008
. A poll of top U.S. foreign policy experts conducted in 2007 showed that over the next 10 years, just 3% of experts believed the U.S. would be able to rebuild Iraq into a "beacon of democracy" and 58% of experts believed that Sunni–Shiite tensions would dramatically increase in the Middle East
A multitude of groups formed the Iraqi insurgency, which arose in a piecemeal fashion as a reaction to local events, notably the realization of the U.S. military’s inability to control Iraq
Beginning in 2005 the insurgent forces coalesced around several main factions, including the Islamic Army in Iraq and Ansar al-Sunna. Religious justification was used to support the political actions of these groups, as well as a marked adherence to Salafism, branding those against the jihad as non-believers. This approach played a role in the rise of sectarian violence.[
35] The U.S. military also believe that between 5-10% of insurgent forces are non-Iraqi Arabs...."
Civil war in Iraq (2006