Iraq As It Stands

Taheri, Amir
October 2003
National Review;10/13/2003, Vol. 55 Issue 19, p29
The article focuses on challenges faced by Iraq after the war between Iraq and the U.S. The feeling of freedom has been ignited in the Iraqis after the war. Iraq is now passing through the phase of pacification. In some areas, criminal elements associated with the fallen regime of dictator Saddam Hussein are trying to threaten the pacification efforts. There are other people who are opposed to liberal views and they serve as the second threat to pacification. There is a possibility that Iraq will become a model for democratization for Arabs, and Muslims in general. Under a new regime, Iraq could quickly regain its position as a major regional player. Many other Arab states, after being inspired by Iraq, are taking steps toward democratization. Iraq's oil resources could redefine the basic rules of the global energy market by mobilizing production capacities beyond the dreams of many oil strategists.


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