Can a New York Cop Tame Baghdad?

Bernard Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner running Iraq's Interior Ministry, has an unusual take on the wave of attacks on American soldiers that claimed five lives last week. It's an encouraging sign of change, he says. "It gives me the sense that the rule of law is taking hold and the freeing up of Iraqi society is working," Kerik tells TIME. "There are people in pockets of resistance who have lost a lot of power, and as Iraq blossoms and flourishes, these groups are going to come out and rebel. That's a clear sign of a free Iraq."


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