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Hearts and minds

A ten-point plan for solving the difficulties of the occupation in Iraq

By Hassan M Fattah   January 2004

With each new day another explosion goes off, another soldier is killed, the civilian death count rises and a few more Iraqis turn against the American presence. The real battle is one of perceptions. The coalition’s daily struggle is to prove to Iraqis that an Iraq without Saddam is far better than one with the dictator; more importantly, they must prove that working with the coalition will improve their lot and make Iraq a better place. It’s a tough sell.

Yet in the battle for hearts and minds, some of the most effective solutions may in fact be rather simple.…

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