Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

16 Mar 2003, 10:15 a.m.

Call For Comments

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2003 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

How can a dictatorship exist in Iraq when most households own guns? I'm wondering, too -- send the Slate writer your theories.