With continuing stories of the denial of legal rights, the abuse of women (ad here and here), rise of radical Islam, and war crimes, many Americans are still unsure why we are sacrificing thousands of our citizens and billions in funding in Iraq. Now, the U.S. supported government is moving to ban books that it considers unduly “sectarian.”
The Iraqi government believes that the way to reduce sectarian violence is to regulate what citizens can read — a long discredited approach of authoritarian regimes. Particularly in today’s world of Internet and electronic communications, it is doubtful that the move will curtail anything other than freedom.
Of course, we have been a poor role model in Iraq, here.
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