"Iraq is a global issue of such importance that it must be addressed in all geography classrooms," says Keith Grimwade in his lesson notes to accompany this week's Inside Story on Iraq (page 12). Olivia Ward's report - which also relates to citizenship, history and RE - reflects a mood among ordinary people of almost suspended animation: "We do not ask questions because there are no answers," says one elderly citizen. He lives in the land where civilisation began, along the Tigris and Euphrates. It gave the world writing, mathematics and the wheel. In the New World that is modern America, a citizen can get a free rifle when he opens a bank account (page 6).