Civil war or not, Iraq has an economy, and—mother of all surprises—it's doing remarkably well. Real estate is booming. Construction, retail and wholesale trade sectors are healthy, too, according to a report by Global Insight in London.
There is obviously a bad bomb joke in there just begging to get out, but aside from that, why is Kudrow surprised that in a country with roughly ten percent of its population displaced, home sales are brisk? And I have to tell you, it's not much of a surprise that construction is doing well in a country where everything is pretty much blown to shit either.