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REVIEW: Reading a painful guide to Iraqi decay

By Rami Khouri,  May 28, 2014

I highly recommend to anyone interested in this painful modern Arab state’s narrative a new book by a talented young Iraqi lawyer and constitutional expert, Zaid al-Ali, entitled “The Struggle For Iraq’s Future: How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy” (Yale University Press, 2014). The title mentions the main indigenous forces that have left Iraq in such disarray, though Iraqis should have taken charge of their own destiny as foreign troops departed, and several local and national elections were held. The seeds of failure, however, were largely planted during the American-led transition in 2003-07.

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