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How Not to Save Iraq

Author: Steven A. Cook, Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies
April 5, 2006
The New Republic


“With the body count climbing and Iraqis edging toward all-out civil conflict, politicians and pundits are groping for answers to the thorny question of how to stabilize Iraq. Thus far the solutions proposed are hardly inspiring, ranging from the banal (redouble our efforts) to the implausible (send more troops) to the downright irresponsible (withdraw the troops). Recently, in an appearance on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski offered a third way of sorts: He suggested that the Iraqi government convene ‘a conference of neighbors, Muslim neighbors, who are interested in continued stability in Iraq and helping to prevent a civil war from exploding.’ ”

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