Monday, 26 March 2007
Hugh Fitzgerald has written many times about the westernized Shi'ites who had a very pollyannish view of Iraq and imbued the American Administration with the same. So much so that the Americans were planning a big trade show in Baghdad immediately after the fall of Saddam because they believed in an Iraqi middle-class of the kind Kanan Makiya represents. Makiya continues along the same garden path, dreaming of "green spaces" in a re-vamped Baghdad and blaming the deep sectarian fissures between Sunni and Shi'a on American mistakes in this profile article in the IHT:
I don't know that the Americans deliberately went for occupation. It seems to me the security situation got out of hand very unexpectedly and quickly because we were expecting a nation of Kanan Makiyas and instead found ourselves with a nation full of Moqtada al-Sadrs instead.
Posted on 03/26/2007 10:59 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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