Regions / Middle East & North Africa
Elections in Iraq are only days away, and it's clear that Iraq's voters aren't ready for them.
The principles that emerge will guide our work in Iraq and be the gauntlet we will throw down in front of this administration.
Even putting aside the many important legal and moral questions about the Bush administration's decision to invade Iraq, it has been a disaster even on practical terms.
What actually motivated the United States to take on the problematic task of conquering and rebuilding Iraq?
Iraqis must be valued for who they are, not as pawns in some partisan political agenda--left or right.
Indeed, the Bush administration, with strong backing from both parties in Congress, is now engaging in what the Israeli newspaper Haaretz has referred to as the Sharonization of U.S. Policy.
It was clear from the start that Iraq's sovereignty was in name, not in deed.
Conflict resolution will not occur until political and factional leaders re-absorb the lesson that each persons humanity, while unique, is of equal value.
The Mounting Costs of the Iraq War
We have yet to pay the complete costs of the militarization of foreign policy under the Bush administration, and the bill will be high.