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Is Present-Day Iraq Like South Africa in the '90s?

This week, Time and Newsweek both have images of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi on their covers and extensive coverage of the Iraqi insurgent leader's death.

Newsweek columnist Fareed Zakaria finds more importance in the newly completed cabinet in Baghdad, and turns to South Africa's history to make a point about Iraq's future. He says that peace and stability "will take more than just an Iraqi military. It will take an Iraqi Mandela." He explains that in South Africa, forgiveness was critical. The black majority there kept much of the Afrikaaner government in place and reassured white South Africans they would have a place in their new country.

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