It took the Iraqi people over a hundred years to build institutions; that was destroyed by the Americans in an afternoon. Once you destroy the state, you create a vacuum, says Vijay Prashad.
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The pressure from ordinary educated citizens who have their feet firmly planted in reality and its complexities will force Pakatan Rakyat to reassess its relevance and work towards cohesiveness, says Ronald Benjamin.
But we should remember it is the rakyat who have for generations worked hard and made sacrifices to build this country to what it is today, writes Henry Loh. Long may that continue.