In Lebanon and Iraq, Violence Wins Out Over Votes

In Lebanon and Iraq, Violence Wins Out Over Votes
Iraqi protesters pose with national flags and pictures of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr inside the parliament building in Baghdad, Iraq, July 30, 2022 (AP photo by Anmar Khalil).

The political impasse in Iraq has reached an ominous phase that underscores the danger of litigating politics through displays of force. And in Lebanon, the many twists and turns in its deadlocked politics demonstrate that negotiation through violence can give way to a sustainable—if bloody—alternative to civic democracy.

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