Iraq can secure a better future after Hussein's departure, despite destruction and corruption of the state institutions by the departing regime. The key lies in one of Hussein's few positive legacies, carried over from previous regimes: a remarkably effective education system. This factor, plus extensive experience by the exile community, provides the capacity to re-establish viable institutions from the corrupted rubble of the old regime.
A democratic Iraq provides the only viable solution for the country's recovery. The widespread realisation of this imperative weighs heavily in favour of its chances for success.
So write Hussain Hindawi and John Thomson in The Australian.
One way or another, we'll be finding out whether they're right or wrong.
[Link courtesy of Arts & Letters Daily]