Nation Topics - Iraqi Reconstruction and Occupation
News and Features
Despite signs that Iraqis are disenchanted with sectarian politics, the electorate's votes still broke sharply along communal lines.
Members of Congress who oppose the US military presence in Afghanistan and Iraq are divided on strategies to force de-escalation.
Dire predictions aside, it's not too late for a unified, nationalist Iraq to emerge from the rubble.
War and corruption have decimated Iraq's oil supply, and Western companies are angling for a cut of what's left.
Robert Fisk's The Great War for Civilization criticizes a
self-righteous US foreign policy oblivious to the power of retributive
justice in the Middle East.
In informal but politically credible ways, factions of Iraq's armed
national resistance are developing scenarios for an honorable
withdrawal of US troops and a shared set of demands that could lead to
We need to learn a new language of peace and love that we can speak, even shout, to our leaders who only understand the language of greed and murder.
The Kurds have almost no natural resources and suffer from a culture of
corruption. But their call for autonomy is a serious threat to the
building of a united Iraq.
For Iraqis fed up with the violence and chaos of the occupation,
passage of the new Constitution is just one more US-imposed measure that will
set the stage for civil war.
With its war in Iraq and its talk of promoting democracy, the Bush
Administration has begun to transform the Middle East--but not always in
ways it may have intended.
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