I know that’s hard to believe but a project to restore the marshlands drained by Saddam Hussein after the first gulf war has now achieved 50% success.
Saddam punished the Shittes for rebelling against him by draining the 20,000 square mile wetlands which supplied drinking water to the area. Some biblical scholars propose that this area was the Garden of Eden.
The project is funded by the Japanese and Italian governments which are training local resources to continue the project.
Perhaps more constructive efforts like this would go a long way to reducing the tensions of the area but I guess it wouldn’t give the war machine much to do which would certainly be bad for big business.