The Emir of Qatar said yesterday that the establishment of a successful democracy in postwar Iraq could transform attitudes across the Arab world toward the United States:

“If the United States managed to help establish democracy in Iraq, as it used to be in the 1920s, I think that would be the greatest step that could be taken both for America and for the whole Middle East,” the emir said yesterday in an interview with editors and reporters at The Washington Times.

“Arabs now consider the Americans as invaders,” he said, “but they never liked Saddam Hussein. The Iraqis themselves never liked Saddam. They have hopes that the United States can build democracy in Iraq, but still they also have their doubts.”

Very interesting.

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