‘Enabling Iraqis to write their own social contract is the most important thing America did. It was, in fact, the most important liberal experiment in modern Arab history because it showed that even tribes with flags can, possibly, transition through sectarianism into a modern democracy. But it is still just a hope. Iraqis still have not given us the definitive answer to their key question: Is Iraq the way Iraq is because Saddam was the way Saddam was or was Saddam the way Saddam was because Iraq is the way Iraq is: a tribalized society?’
Since when has a puppet government ever written its own ‘social contract’? A puppet government still under occupation at that!
Tribes with flags? Are you trying to re-write history Mr Friedman? It’s not that easy to erase 5000 years of history in one op-ed. You need to try harder. WE gave you civilization when you were still drinking your own blood from each others skulls.
Why don’t we apply your theory to your colonial masters in the Middle East? Is the zionist entity called israel the way it is, because Netenyahu is Netenhayu, or is Netenyahu the way Netenyahu is because israel is the way israel is? A racist blood-thirsty colonial outpost? See? works both ways.