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Getting Iraq to Work New York City's successes have lessons for Baghdad.
Wall Street Journal's Opinion Journal.COM ^ | Friday, January 12, 2007 12:01 a.m. EST | RUDY GIULIANI AND NEWT GINGRICH

Posted on 01/12/2007 5:50:23 AM PST by PDR

The American mission in Iraq must succeed. Our goal--promoting a stable, accountable democracy in the heart of the Middle East--cannot be achieved by purely military means.

Iraqis need to establish a civil society. Without the support of mediating civic and social associations--the informal ties that bind us together--no government can long remain stable, and no cohesive nation can be maintained. To establish a civil society, Iraqis must rebuild their basic infrastructure. Iraqis must take control of their destiny by rebuilding houses, stores, schools, roads, highways, mosques and churches.

But the constant threat of violence, combined with a high unemployment rate estimated between 30% and 50%, fundamentally undermines that effort. This not only sustains the fertile breeding ground for terrorist recruiters but has the same corrosive effect as it would in any city--raising the likelihood of further violence, civic decay and a crippling sense of powerlessness.

A massive effort must be made to engage in a well organized plan to rebuild Iraq. The goal: an infrastructure to support and encourage a strong, stable civil society.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: iraq; newt; rudy

1 posted on 01/12/2007 5:50:24 AM PST by PDR
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2 posted on 01/12/2007 5:55:01 AM PST by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers - Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason)
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To: areafiftyone

New Orleans and Iraq both need a Republican government and most of all need a Giuliani

3 posted on 01/12/2007 6:01:47 AM PST by tkathy (Sectarian violence? Or genocidal racists? Which is a better description of islamists?)
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Given the generally low quality of NO's human capital it would be hard to recreate NYC's successes there - but vast improvements could be made nonetheless by implementing the NYC model.

4 posted on 01/12/2007 6:26:17 AM PST by wideawake
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To: wideawake; areafiftyone; nopardons

I will vote for Rundy Giuliani if he is nominated. Then I will prepare myself for two more David Souters at SCOTUS.

5 posted on 01/12/2007 7:51:44 AM PST by presidio9 (It's "news" that New Jersey smells bad?)
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6 posted on 01/12/2007 7:53:47 AM PST by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something.)
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8 posted on 01/12/2007 8:49:31 AM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: Alberta's Child
My mistake . . . I shouldn't have posted here, since this is a duplicate thread . . .

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9 posted on 01/12/2007 8:50:39 AM PST by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: presidio9

And you'll get another Scalia, if he or she exists, or a Roberts or Alito. :-)

10 posted on 01/13/2007 1:14:36 AM PST by nopardons
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