Militia Rule and Corruption: Iraq’s Two Scourges
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KARBALA, Iraq—Iraq’s weak democracy has fallen under direct threat from internal militias, and its economy and infrastructure have reached a breaking point. The country’s political system—a makeshift workaround to manage persistent ethno-sectarian divisions—seems unable to make even the slightest course correction. Is it about to unravel? And if it does, what type of government might take its place?
I’ve come to Karbala, a holy city and major pilgrimage site south of Baghdad, to see how Iraq’s mix of corruption and…