I do not mean to be a prophet of doom, but as an Iraqi with some grasp of the psyche of a people who, tormented for so long, have throughout their history shown intense disdain for foreigners, I strongly suggest that the Bush administration reconsider its Iraqi policy. Iraq will not become a democratic state by a fatwa from Washington: "Thou shall become a democratic state by July 1." And the Iraqi people will not after that date be manipulated into enduring a government subservient to our whims. The Bush administration, thus far, has demonstrated utter ignorance about who the Iraqi people really are: their history, culture, tribal politics, and religious divergence have been brushed aside. Policies that continue to be based on ignorance will sow the seeds of disaster.