01/01/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Iraqis Don't Believe Americans Will Leave

BAGHDAD -- On the street here and in the well-furnished living rooms of the Iraqi intelligentsia, the recently approved Iraqi-American security pact is greeted with skepticism. People just don't believe the Americans will leave.

There are conspiracy theorists who believe there must be loopholes; there are anti-American types who simply do not trust anything the Americans say; there are American supporters, who do not want the Americans to leave because they fear that violence will return anew and there are those who see themselves as rationalists. And rationally (from an Iraqi point of view) an invader can't leave until he's gotten a return on his investment.

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