Democracy in Iraq? Not likely.

October 19th, 2002 – 8:20 pm
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“Listen to the American hawks after a few glasses of wine, and you might be seduced into thinking that after overthrowing Saddam Hussein we’re going to turn Iraq into a flourishing democracy. But I’m afraid it’s a pipe dream, a marketing ploy to sell a war.”

A great piece about the fact that the U.S. is unlikely to be able to establish a post-invasion Iraqi democracy, and probably doesn’t really even intend to try all the hard. The reason? Sixty percent of the Iraqi population is the oppressed Shiite majority, and neither the U.S. nor most of Iraq’s neighbors want to see another Shiite state in the region.

Read the column here [registration required].

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