Monday, April 26, 2004

Whose Chaos Is This Anyway? by Mark LeVine

If we take seriously the statements and writings of Ledeen, Perle, Frum, Feith and Wolfowitz, the invasion and occupation of Iraq was supposed to create a domino effect that would weaken local states (or in their polite phrasing, "democratize" them), open their economies to "international" -- as in Iraq, to the neocons, this largely meant American -- capital ("establish market economies"), and at the same time lead to a much needed "reformation" or "modernization" of Islam (which meant putting in power "Muslims" who would feel at home in the Republican Party in Washington or the Likud Party in Israel).

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