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Freedom and Justice in the Modern Middle East
Vol. 84, No. 3 (May - Jun., 2005), pp. 36-51
Published by: Council on Foreign Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20034348
Page Count: 16
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To speak of dictatorship as being the immemorial way of doing things in the Middle East is simply untrue. It shows ignorance of the Arab past, contempt for the Arab present, and lack of concern for the Arab future. Creating a democratic political and social order in Iraq or elsewhere in the region will not be easy. But it is possible, and there are increasing signs that it has already begun.
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