Colombo Telegraph

The Arab Spring Started In Iraq

On April 9, 2003, Baghdad fell to an American-led coalition. The removal of Saddam Hussein and the toppling of a whole succession of other Arab dictators in 2011 were closely connected — a fact that has been overlooked largely because of the hostility that the Iraq war engendered,  writes  professor Kanan Makiya.

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Kanan Makiya is a professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Brandeis University and the author of “Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq” and“Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising, and the Arab World.”

 

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