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 
world’s 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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