After the 1991 bombing of Iraq, and George Bush Sr.s announcement of a New
World Order of American hegemony, foreign policy forums effectively proclaimed
the nation-state obsolete. In fact, the global imposition of the Western model
of development after WWII had already ended the traditional independence of the
State. The new ideology was simply a recognition of facts on the ground.
After the Soviet collapse, celebrated advocates of the anti-nation- state
ideology predicted an approaching End of History, which would see all the
worlds peoples integrate into a globalized, urban, capitalist, consumer
lifestyle. Thus, the chaotic diversity of cultures, values and beliefs that
lay behind the conflicts of the past would be removed in a general process of
political and cultural homogenization. (24) It is still too early to predict
the end of this delirious vision, but across the world, people are opting to
forge their own future, increasingly deaf to the advice of the
super elites. In Iraq, consciousness of the big picture is greater than
anywhere. Thus, the planned breakdown into generalized sectarian conflict has
not materialized. As the armed resistance intensifies its struggle against the
US and openly confronts the Salafi Jihadist terrorists (25), a pendant has
become extremely popular amongst Iraqis. Seen on the streets and on television,
anchorwomen wear it while reading the news. The pendant has the form of Iraq.
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