Kanan Makiya: Our hopes betrayed [obsercer.co.uk] - "How a US blueprint for post-Saddam government quashed the hopes of democratic Iraqis."
"The United States is on the verge of committing itself to a post-Saddam plan for a military government in Baghdad with Americans appointed to head Iraqi ministries, and American soldiers to patrol the streets of Iraqi cities.
The plan, as dictated to the Iraqi opposition in Ankara last week by a United States-led delegation, further envisages the appointment by the US of an unknown number of Iraqi quislings palatable to the Arab countries of the Gulf and Saudi Arabia as a council of advisers to this military government.
The plan reverses a decade-long moral and financial commitment by the US to the Iraqi opposition, and is guaranteed to turn that opposition from the close ally it has always been during the 1990s into an opponent of the United States on the streets of Baghdad the day after liberation."
Three other articles by Kanan Makiya:
* This way to the promised land - Globe and Mail, April 10, 2003
* Iraqis Must Share in Their Liberation - Washington Post, March 30, 2003
* A Model for Post-Saddam Iraq - American Enterprise Institute, October 3, 2002