The past year has been dominated by a U.S. obsession with Iraq which, remarkably, only seized the Bush administration three long months after the terrorist attacks on the United States in September, 2001. In my year-end survey 12 months ago, just after the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan, I simply wrote that Middle Eastern Muslims were waiting to learn "which of their countries the United States would hit next: Iraq, Somalia or Sudan." Washington was clearly looking for a fresh target, but nobody had a clue which way it was going to jump.In that sense, the most important event of 2002 was Pr...
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