One month from now, according to U.S. officials, Iraqi leaders will be given back sovereign control of their country. It is still not clear who’ll actually be standing there to accept the handover on Iraq’s behalf. The argument over who’ll be appointed is continuing. It’s also not clear exactly what will be handed over.
Those opposed to a smooth transition of power continue to attack the U.S.-led coalition. Those who are part of the current Iraqi Governing Council are showing that they are not about to roll over and accept whatever formula suits American officials.
Noah Feldman, professor of law at NYU and author of forthcoming book “The Ethics of Nation Building”
Raya Barazanji, an Iraqi American who from June through November 2003 worked with the USAID for the Iraq Ministry of Education.