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Remembering Saddam's Iraq

Kanan Makiya prepares a museum for Baghdad documenting the evils of Saddam's rule and the courage of those who fought against it.

11:00 PM, Dec 15, 2003 • By ERIN MONTGOMERY
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CONGRESS HAS ALLOCATED $1 million to the Iraq Memory Foundation, though Makiya says it needs $20 million more over the next two years. The architect does not know exactly what his future museum will look like, but he said it may take a few years for his vision to become a reality. "Everything is piled inside the basement of my house," he told an audience at the National Endowment for Democracy. But the fact that those pages and artifacts are accumulating and ready for classification is promising, and a big step towards building memories and forging new identities in a new and free Iraq. Makiya asks, "Will they erase the dark pages, or will they say 'We are who we are because of these 30 some years'?" With Saddam in captivity, now is as good a time as ever for Iraqis to answer this question.

Erin Montgomery is an editorial assistant at The Weekly Standard.