A Measure of Pride: Five years into the Iraq War, A Better Iraq is Emerging
Publication Date: January 2008
Publisher(s): Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
Author(s): Fouad Ajami
Series: Hoover Digest
Keywords: Middle East; Iraq; Democracy
Coverage: United States Iraq
The impulse that took the United States from Kabul to Baghdad was a correct one. Radical Arabs attacked America on 9/11, and a war of deterrence had to be waged against Arab radicalism. A better Iraq has risen, midwifed by this American war. It is not a flawless democracy, but compare it to the prison it was under Saddam, the tyranny next door in Damascus, and the norms of the region, and we can take a measure of pride in what America has brought forth in Baghdad.