Bringing Democracy to Iraq Isn't Crazy - Just Very Hard

(New York Times) Thomas L. Friedman - In the emerging debate about Iraq, one of the themes heard is that culture matters - and therefore this whole Iraq adventure may be a fool's errand because the political culture in the Arab world - where family and tribal identities have always trumped the notion of the citizen - is resistant to democracy. I believe culture does matter, but I also believe cultures can change under the weight of history, economic reform, and technological progress.

2003-09-05 00:00:00

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