Will Iraq's Diverse Borders Sustain a Democracy?

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Established at the end of World War I, the secular Muslim nation of Iraq is composed of Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds and assorted minorities. It has been ruled, in violent succession, by the British, a monarchy, the Socialist Baath Party, and Saddam Hussein. Though President Bush has stated that, whatever happens at the UN, the US has no intention of determining the nature of Iraq-s new government, the Pentagon and State Department have very different ideas. Many Iraqis do, too. Presuming there will be war and regime change, how does the Bush administration plan on keeping Iraq together? We engage journalists from the US and Turkey, a former minister of the Kurdish government in northern Iraq, and Middle East specialist Fouad Ajami in a discussion about the possible future of a diverse country with no democratic tradition.
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