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The secret is out. There is something decent unfolding in Iraq. It's unfolding in the shadow of a terrible insurgency, read more

The secret is out. There is something decent unfolding in Iraq. It's unfolding in the shadow of a terrible insurgency, but a society is finding its way to constitutional politics.

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Even [Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani] does not want a quote-unquote Islamic State, ... He wants a state that respects the place read more

Even [Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani] does not want a quote-unquote Islamic State, ... He wants a state that respects the place of Islam in public life.

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I think the violence will continue. Alas, we have learned not to believe that deliverance is around the corner. We read more

I think the violence will continue. Alas, we have learned not to believe that deliverance is around the corner. We are at the end of year three of this war and every hope that the violence has subside, has been betrayed.

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There must have been great yearning and repression in Mohamed Atta's life; it is the torment of Atta's generation. They read more

There must have been great yearning and repression in Mohamed Atta's life; it is the torment of Atta's generation. They were placed perilously close to modernity, but they could not partake of it.

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The remarkable thing about the terror in Iraq,

The remarkable thing about the terror in Iraq,

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I don't think the constitution will make or break Iraq. What will make or break Iraq is the coalition of read more

I don't think the constitution will make or break Iraq. What will make or break Iraq is the coalition of this national will.

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What's really important is the emergence of a political class that would agree on the rules of the game.

What's really important is the emergence of a political class that would agree on the rules of the game.

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[These others -- the overwhelming majority of Iraq's people -- have repeatedly given every indication of valuing their newfound freedom: read more

[These others -- the overwhelming majority of Iraq's people -- have repeatedly given every indication of valuing their newfound freedom: voting in two elections at the risk of their lives, preparing for a third, writing and ratifying a constitution granting more freedoms than exist in any country in the entire Arab Middle East.] The secret is out, ... There is something decent unfolding in Iraq. It's unfolding in the shadow of a terrible insurgency, but a society is finding its way to constitutional politics.

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I don't think countries in the region are ruled by constitutions.

I don't think countries in the region are ruled by constitutions.

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a phoenix. His faith in Iraq and in himself has been incredible.

a phoenix. His faith in Iraq and in himself has been incredible.

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