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Strongman for Iraq

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Submitted by Jim Saxon (Costa Rica), Apr 28, 2003 at 11:01

Daniel,

Let us hope that you and I are not the only ones who think Iraq needs a local strongman to guide the long transition to democracy. Rather than a back-from-the US returnee, I'd prefer a re-habilitated Saddamite handed the reins of power with the US retaining a firm grip behind the scenes.

If I had my druthers, though, I'd prefer to see a Kurd in charge. The Kurds proved to be consistent allies in northern Iraq, kept their word to the Turks about not seeking autonomy, left Arab populations unmolested, and seem to have fewer hoodlum tendencies than the people of Baghdad. Can you please explain why a Kurdish leader would not be a viable choice for Iraqi puppet-dictator?

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Jim Saxon
Costa Rica

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