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The future of Iraq

Most discussions about Iraq consist of an endless exchange of insults between those who favor war with Iraq and those who oppose it. As to what the US will do with or to Iraq if and when it conquers it, we hear only vague statements about preserving its integrity and stories about meetings of exiles in London. We therefore welcome the March 2 issue of the New York Times Magazine, which is devoted largely to an article by George Packer, "The Morning After. Does democracy in Iraq stand a change?" The salient and surprising fact in the mass of details is that the Pentagon hawks want to make Iraq a democracy and therefore a model for the region, while the State Department is more cautious and less eager to impose our brand of democracy. This is the opposite of what we would expect.

Ronald Hilton - 3/5/03