May 28, 2014

Iraq Is the Saddest of the Mideast Basket Cases

Rami Khouri, Daily Star

The Associated Press

Of all the Arab countries today that suffer violence or enjoy a superficial calm on the surface, Iraq is the saddest in my view, because of what it has not become in the last decade since the downfall of the hard and vicious Baathist regime.

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TAGGED: Iraq, Middle East


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