The High Price of Rebuilding Iraq

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Bent Flyvbjerg

University of Oxford - Said Business School

Date Written: April 1, 2003


During World War I, the US Congress made it unlawful to speak against the war. The executive prosecuted many for doing so and when tried at the Supreme Court it upheld the sentences. During the Iraq War it was not a crime to speak against the war, but it was almost impossible to be heard if you had anything critical to say. Mass media practiced a self-imposed censorship. The op-ed below was written a few days after the invasion of Iraq and sent to main media in the US, but none wanted to print it on the grounds that critique of the war was considered untimely.

Suggested Citation

Flyvbjerg, Bent, The High Price of Rebuilding Iraq (April 1, 2003). Available at SSRN: or

Bent Flyvbjerg (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Said Business School ( email )

Park End Street
Oxford, OX1 1HP
Great Britain

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