The Last Casualty

Kaplan, Lawrence F.
February 2005
New Republic;2/7/2005, Vol. 232 Issue 4, p17
Focuses on social and political conditions in Iraq. Failure of democratic movements in Iraq; Marginalization of Iraqi liberals; Decline of public support for a secular state and civil liberties; Statement that liberalism itself is a foreign concept to Iraqis; Report that Iraqi society is divided along ethnic and religious identity lines; Reference to an edict issued by Shia cleric Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani, urging Shia to vote for conservative candidates such as Abdul Aziz Al Hakim and Mowaffaq Al Rubaie; Role of Mustafa Al Kadhimiy as the director of the Iraq Memory Foundation, a liberal institution; Claim that war and liberalism do not co-exist easily; Role of the U.S. military in creating stability in Iraq; Attitude of U.S. armed forces in Iraq.


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