Do They Want Something Better?

Yes, the Arab world may embrace democracy. They just don't want it from us

Is Iraq a threat or an opportunity? Do we care about it only because we believe Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction, or does our confrontation with Baghdad have a loftier goal? Do we seek to help build a democratic, prosperous Iraq--one that might be a model throughout the Arab world--and if so, how might we do it?

Those are important questions, and answers to them might shape attitudes everywhere about a war with Saddam. So far, they haven't featured much in the public debate. They should. The Arab world is in a disastrous state of its own making. The...

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