There is now, for the first time, a chance — still only a chance — that a reasonably stable democratizing government, though no doubt corrupt in places, can take root in the Iraqi political space.It's bad enough the column is an unthinking load of sugar toward the "democracy" in Iraq, but it's based on the above faulty premise that it's something new for the Iraqis. They had a democracy. We helped the Baath Party over-throw it because Iraq threatened to nationalize the oil interests.
Ultimately, we're the root cause of Saddam and the 40-years of misery the Iraqi's suffered under the Baath Party and Saddam. Without our help and support the Baath Party destroyed the crappy democracy the Iraqi's had started after they'd over-threw the puppet king the British put on the throne of Iraq following WWII.
Does this man not understand 'the google' and how to look up the history of Iraq from 1958 through 1963?