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Iraq, After


Can we bring democracy to a post-Saddam Iraq? I’ve been a skeptic. Then I turned the problem around. I imagined what I would do if the president ordered me to draw up a plan for democratizing Iraq. The result of this little thought experiment is, “After the War,” an article in the latest issue of City Journal. There I explain why the often invoked Japanese example doesn’t fit Iraq. But I also argue that the British imperial experience in India, with all its problems, suggests a plan that might successfully bring democracy to Iraq. Whether we have the wherewithal to make that plan work is very open question. I may be expanding on part or all of this argument in the coming weeks on NRO and elsewhere.


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