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Administering another country is always a very tricky proposition.
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Also, I lived in lots of different places in the region - Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Pakistan, and I traveled widely elsewhere.
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An occupying power has no right to make significant alterations in the character of the occupied society, to change the laws all around, without a strong security reason and so forth.
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But September 11 marked a big change in the sense that the public was suddenly interested, and as a professor at a public university I felt a responsibility to respond to all of the inquiries about the Islamic world.
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Did you know that they introduced the 15 percent flat tax on individual and corporate income in Iraq? Something that some politicians very much wanted to push in the United States without success but in Iraq they do it.
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For instance, I was a little surprised that the Shiites didn't rise up against Saddam and the Baath party across most of the country when the Americans moved in March and April of 2003.
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I also argued before the war that the administration was underestimating Arab nationalism and Iraqi nationalism, that it was not going to be as easy to rule Iraq as they thought.
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I also warned that it was entirely possible that Shiite Iraqis would become mobilized and approach fellow Shiite Ayatollahs in Iran.
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I argued that the Bush administration, and the Coalition officials more recently, didn't understand Iraqi society. They thought it was a blank slate, that they could use Iraqis as guinea pigs.
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I believe that the American administration of Iraq has been arrogant, has pursued policies that are illegal in international law and has been ignorant and incompetent. I said this very forthrightly to the senators.
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I don't accept the argument of people like David Horowitz that the government should impose some sort of predetermined political balance on academic research.
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I don't see a good exit strategy, and I am worried about that because, whereas when things got extremely bad, the United States could simply leave Vietnam, get on helicopters and fly away, Iraq is a major petroleum producer at the head of the Persian Gulf and could not be allowed to fall into chaos.
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I don't think there are many allies in NATO who are going to be eager to send lots of troops to Iraq after seeing what happened to American troops.
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I just don't understand under what circumstances other nations will be willing to be drawn into what looks increasingly like a major quagmire.
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I lived in the Muslim world for 10 years.
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I speak Urdu quite a lot, too, and I read a lot of Persian.
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I think a lot of the mistakes that have been made have grown out of this desire to experiment with Iraq and shape it.
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I think it's really unfortunate that academics have been sidelined in most important policy debates.
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I think that there's been an unfortunate tendency for right wing think tanks to dominate these discussions. They often produce very shoddy studies and policy recommendations, which are nevertheless taken very seriously.
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It's not proper for a professor to go before a class and promote one party or another. That's not academic scholarship.
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My main expertise is in the past, but if I have to extrapolate into the future, I would say: no good news any time soon and an obvious exit strategy is not apparent to me.
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Partisan politics has no place in the classroom.
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Public interest in most of the Middle East was slight at that time; the Arab-Israeli conflict was all that people were interested in and that was not my specialty.
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Take the decision in early March to arrest Muqtada al-Sadr. It was made apparently without knowledge or understanding of the nature of his movement or how widespread it is.
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Throughout my career, I've been extremely interested in contemporary Middle Eastern politics, events and movements.
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Unlike a lot of American specialists in the Middle East, who did one Fulbright year and now find their language is rusty, I kept up my Arabic.
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Until a new Iraqi military force can be established that can provide security, the US is going to have to do it.
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We're trying to understand the world. I think it's inevitable that as you teach something like modern Middle Eastern history, your point of view as a private individuals human beings we're political animals will certainly affect your research agendas, your judgments and so forth.
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