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Introduction

Iraq’s road to reconciliation was bound to be long and full of disappointments, as is the case for any country that has experienced a long dictatorship. However, for Iraq the whole idea of reconciliation was hindered from the beginning by the deep sectarian divisions within it that jeopardized any possibility of a transitional justice system working properly, or working at all. Every trial carried out by the Iraqi High Tribunal (instead of an international one) called for by the U.S. administration failed to take into account the final purpose of this postwar effort: the reconstruction of Iraqi society.