If you want to know if the times in Iraq are changing, just consider the following first paragraph in a story from The Washington Times prior to the Iraqi elections coming up.
Sunnis eager to vie for votes
By Sharon Behn
Iraq's Sunnis have come out swinging in the final days before watershed parliamentary elections, disparaging the ruling Shi'ite alliance as Iranian puppets and warning that, if re-elected, they will turn Iraq into a Talibanlike state.
What is different you might ask? Just consider that the Sunnis in promoting their candidates, defined Iran and the Taliban as evil incarnate. Satanic America didn’t even make the top three. Now, if that’s not progress, I don’t know what is.