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Popularity in the former Iraqi monarchy is growing in Iraq. Politicians are calling to for the end of celebrations on July 14, when the monarchy was toppled. Last Month the Governor of Baghdad called the government to apologize for the massacre of the Royal Family. Also the Iraqi post office issued stamps depicting the former Kings of Iraq after popular demand.

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These are interesting developments in Iraq lets see if continues to grow.

"Throughout my reign I will never rule you as a King. I will protect you as a parent, care for you as a brother and serve you as a son. I shall give you everything and keep nothing; I shall live such a life as a good human being that you may find it worthy to serve as an example for your children; I have no personal goals other than to fulfill your hopes and aspirations. I shall always serve you, day and night, in the spirit of kindness, justice and equality."

- His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck Coronation Address to the Nation, 6 November 2008

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The overthrows of monarchies in Egypt and Iraq were really the hairbringer for much of the dangers of the contemporary Middle East. Nobody was able to maintain peace among Iraq's various ethnic and religious groups for long if at all. Now in the 70s, when my dad visited and Iraq was already under Baathist rule (before Saddam Hussein), it still wasn't quite as ghastly as it was to get under Saddam Hussein.

But Iraq itself, like Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, is a country whose construction could be described as arbitrary and artificial. Kurdistan may well have been an independent kingdom, and that should have been left alone. Some include Iraq as part of the "Greater Syria" ideal. Jordan and Iraq until 1958 sought to form a union, and some tried to bring Syria into it.

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Thanks for calling my attention to these articles; just posted the links at my blog.
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