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Friday, June 25, 2004

Ayad Allawi

This article on the new Iraqi Prime Minister is interesting reading. The concluding paragraph:

Allawi's appeal, and also his liability, is that he will govern Iraq as a strongman. His biggest problem these next few months will be staying alive, in the face of death threats. His only real protection will be the support of other Iraqis. In that sense, for all the U.S. troops who will remain after Wednesday's handover, Iraq's fate will really be in the hands of Iraqis once again.
Let's hope Allawi is a patriot who will do what is best for Iraq and not just what is best for Allawi.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, um, when has the policy of installing a US friendly "Strongman" in a country we just took over actually worked? I mean, I can remember how Noreiaga, Pinochet, "President" Dien and the Shah worked out, but where is the counter-argument that this will really create a democratic government?

Personally, I can't help but feel that we have failed again, that we are pulling out of Iraq so that Bush has a chance of winning the November election. Of course that would mean that the hundreds of thousands of causulites (mostly Iraqi conscripts) and the hundreds of American lives lost were for nothing, and we'll be invading again in twenty or thirty years.

Obviously, I hope I'm wrong,


6/29/2004 08:37:00 AM  

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