Baghdad is still far from safe unfortunately. I don't even see it becoming safe in the near future, which is sad, because I try to be optimistic about these situations. It's just it's gone on for so long, it almost seems like the normal pattern of events in this part of the world at this point.
When I look at what happened in Iraq I always get mixed feelings. For sure Hussein was a tyrant, but are the populations now better than they were before? What about the reconstruction of the country? Things continue to be pretty hectic there.