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A leading Iraqi dissident maps out the form of a post-Saddam state-federal, demilitarised and non-Arab. His compatriots, he says, see military action by the US as the price to be paid for such a future

By Kanan Makiya   November 2002

What would a post-Saddam Iraq look like? It will require imaginative Iraqi and American leadership to build a successful new state. But the feasibility of the following ideas rests on several further assumptions.

First, that the unseating of Saddam’s regime does not take place at the cost of large-scale civilian casualties (Iraqi or Israeli). Second, that these ideas, or some variation on them, are adopted at a large and representative conference of the Iraqi opposition. Third, that the US government, as the partner of the Iraqi people in liberating Iraq, sees its role in Iraq as being for the long…

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