"Am I missing something here? It's great that the Yezidis get along so well with visitors (the soldiers), but it's disturbing that they still can't/don't trust THEIR government."
The Yezidi are no angels; Google "Du’a Khalil Aswad." They are more friendly toward American troops because we're more respectful of their privacy and self-reliance than the more authoritarian Iraqi government, but Europeans, especially British troops, often got into rows with them too, or so I've heard.
Neither Rome nor de-Nazified Germany was built in a day, though, and the fact that they recognize that Al-Qaeda is a greater threat to their freedom than the Iraqi government is a promising sign. Heck, I can't even blame them for being wary of the Iraqi government. Even though they're far more democratic than Saddam was, they still have way too many "irreplacable" strong men commanding private armies for my liking.
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