Tom Friedman on winning the Peace in Iraq

Best quote:In short, we can oust Saddam Hussein all by ourselves. But we cannot successfully rebuild Iraq all by ourselves.

Because it will be a marathon, we must undertake this war with the maximum amount of international legitimacy and U.N. backing we can possibly muster. Otherwise we will not have an American public willing to run this marathon, and we will not have allies ready to help us once we’re inside (look at all the local police and administrators Europeans now contribute in Bosnia and Kosovo). We’ll also become a huge target if we’re the sole occupiers of Iraq.

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