TIME.com — Joe Klein: Our Eyes Are Open. Now What?: “There was a breathtaking cynicism to all this. There was also utter disbelief that President George W. Bush actually thought he could bring democracy to a medieval society in which the strongest social units were tribes. Saddam was dangerously excessive, the neighbors agreed, but so were the Iraqi people–‘the most violent in the neighborhood,’ a Jordanian told me. It went without saying that the Shi’ites usually endured unspeakable brutalities before they agreed to ‘go along.’ But this was realism, Middle East style. “

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