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What are we fighting for?

Fareed Zakaria's book, which argues that liberalism is more important than democracy, is the missing voice of a sane internationalist US Republicanism

By Anthony Dworkin   May 2003

Book: The Future of Freedom Author: Fareed Zakaria Price: WW Norton, $24.95

What is the US fighting for in Iraq-apart from its own security? Rationales for the conflict have come and gone, but the one constant refrain in President Bush’s comments on the subject has been that the war is for freedom. The campaign is even called Operation Iraqi Freedom. In his speech to the American Enterprise Institute in February on the future of Iraq, Bush used the words “free” or “freedom” 18 times.

Freedom here means the liberation of Iraq from an oppressive dictatorship-but what then? Will the US…

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