The Arab World Without Saddam

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The reaction of the Arab world to the capture of Saddam Hussein has been mixed. For those who see Saddam as a hero, his humiliating defeat at the bottom of a spider hole, without even so much as a shot fired, adds insult to the injury caused by the American occupation.

For those who feared and hated him, news of his capture was met with expressions of relief, celebration, and joy. But for Arab and Muslim leaders in the region, especially those who preside over authoritarian and repressive regimes, the news has been quite unsettling. Examining the future of democracy and dictatorship in the Middle East, now that the lion of Araby roars no more.


Rami Khouri, Executive Editor, The Daily Star;
Fouad Ajami, Director of Middle Eastern Studies at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University