Galal Nassar, Al-Ahram | September 1, 2008
It is sectarianism, not religion, which threatens national unity. ++ The US repeated in Iraqthe mistake that the French made in Lebanon: they imposed a system that highlights sectarian differences, turning Iraq into a "fragile federation of ethnic-sectarian entities." ++ Under these conditions, political development and the establishment of neutral national bodies, such as the police or government ministries, is impossible. ++ To save Iraq and to defend the Arab cultural and moral legacy, sectarianism needs to be fought.