Iraq report

The situation in Iraq appears bleak, unless you put it into the context of the rest of the Arab world. The descriptions of Iraq's police, courts, civil administration, everything but the violence, is typical of all Arab countries. For an example, try this article:Dr. Abd Al-Wahhab Al-Effendi, "Fighting Corruption in the Arab World is Like Fighting Catholicism in the Vatican," Al-Quds Al-Arabi (London), August 6, 2002, cited in Special Dispatch Series No. 411, "On the Struggle Against Corruption in the Arab Regimes," August 13, 2002, available at http://www.memri.org/.The corruption and incompetence in Arab countries shocks most Americans. But those of us who have lived in the Middle East are very much aware of it. You might also want to look at Transparency International's web site and see how they rate Arab countries for corruption.The US should not try to change the Arab culture of Iraq; the things we consider corruption, they see as astute business practices. We...(Read Full Post)

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