David Fromkin, Professor of History and International Relations at Boston University, says that differently from the British and the French during World War I, the U.S. will strongly consider what is in the best interest of the Iraqi people. He says the U.S. is not in Iraq to create or expand an empire, or to control the country. But, he points out, the U.S. erroneously believes, like the British and the French did, that people in the Middle East prefer a good government led by foreigners to a bad government led by their own people.
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David Fromkin, Fredrick S. Pardee Professor of History and international Relations at Boston University and author of "A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East".
This program aired on April 4, 2003.