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Sometimes, a War Saves People

Jose Ramos-Horta

in A Matter of Principle

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780520244863
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932166 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520244863.003.0020
Sometimes, a War Saves People

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No matter how the retreating governments try to spin it, every time a country pulls out of Iraq, it is Al Qaeda and other extremists who win. Saddam Hussein's overthrow offers a chance to build a new Iraq that is peaceful, tolerant, and prosperous. Iraq is experiencing real freedom for the first time in its history. And that is exactly what the religious fanatics fear. It is now the time for Washington to show leadership by ensuring that the UN plays the central role in building a new Iraq. While the United States will continue to play a critical role in ensuring security in Iraq, a UN-led peacekeeping force would enable many Arab and Muslim nations to join in and help isolate the extremists.

Keywords: Iraq war; Saddam Hussein; United States; UN; Al Qaeda

Chapter.  1454 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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