TITLE

Return Trip

AUTHOR(S)
Smith, Benjamin
PUB. DATE
May 2003
SOURCE
New Republic;5/19/2003, Vol. 228 Issue 19, p10
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The author argues that Iraqi émigrés, like the exiles of Eastern Europe since the late 1980s, may aid in the political leadership of Iraq following the Iraq War. Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha might not be a familiar name to Ahmed Chalabi or Mohammed Bakr Al Hakim or any of the other émigrés angling for positions of power in post-Iraq War Iraq, but they would be wise to study the experiences of Eastern European émigrés like him who sought to return to--and run--their native countries after the cold war. Of the eight democracies on track to join the European Union, three have been or are currently led by returned émigrés. The bad news is that they can't do so right away. Not only do returned émigrés need to win their native countrymen's goodwill by toiling in the fields of their newly liberated homelands; they also need to let other leaders--leaders who did not leave--show their own failings before their countrymen come to value the skills that returned émigrés gained in the free societies of the West. Chalabi had been out of Baghdad for more than 40 years. Adnan Pachachi, an ex-foreign minister apparently favored by the State Department to run Iraq until he ruled himself out, left the country 33 years ago. Many Iraqis resent the intrusion of what are seen as soft-skinned exiles, but, as the experiences of returned émigrés in Eastern Europe show, those resentments can be overcome.
ACCESSION #
9720956

 

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