Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Will Iraq be like Tunisia or Lebanon?

NYT: 'BAGHDAD — Iraq’s new government has been in office for just over one month, but already it has seen the toppling of governments in Tunisia and Lebanon , anti-government protests in Egypt, and a rise in violence and unrest at home. On Tuesday, as Iraqis watched televised street demonstrations from Lebanon, some here wondered how far they were from destabilizing conditions of their own.

“We need electricity, security and job opportunities,” said Ghazwal Abdul Karim, who runs a laundry in the mostly Sunni Yarmouk neighborhood. “If not, we will be like Tunisia or Lebanon.” '

PS: Hasn't Iraq already been much worse than Tunisia and Lebanon in terms of violence? Or does he mean Nuri al Maliki would have to step down?

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