Color portrait of Edwin Black.

Iraqi Elections--A Lose-Lose Proposition

Although America has exalted free Iraqi elections, scheduled for January 30, 2005, as an indispensable step on the road to democracy, the idea is turning into more of a lose-lose situation. This article first appeared as the cover story of San Francisco Chronicle's Insight section, based on the historical insights of Banking on Baghdad, and was then syndicated to several big city newspapers, which ran the article in a variety of lengths and formats.

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