Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2006 12:10 pm Post subject: The Iraq Conflict
Just a few days ago it came out that the Iraqi government is now considering splitting the country into at least three semi-autonomous regions (Kurdish, Sunni, and Shiite) in an effore to stop the civil war currently underway. Seeing as Iraq was arbitrarily created by the colonial powers this possible solution might work out. However it might end up creating another radical Shiite state along the lines of Iran.
What are your opinions on such a move, as well as the whole conflict in general?
Well, Saddam was a bad man, but it seems that he was the only one who could keep the country together. Short of restocking his poison gas supplies and setting him back up as ruler, maybe this is inevitable. If people want their own country, not much you can do to stop them.
The problem is that partition doesn't fit with the facts on the ground that much. You can't really carve up Baghdad and environs that neatly, you certainly can't effectively seal off these areas of conflict, and the large majority of attacks seem connected to the national army and the occupying powers shifting into areas under militia control - now often Shi'a militias. You don't resolve conflicts between the American military and the Mahdi Army through partition, if anything regionalization would simply expand the sovereignty of al-Sadr controlled areas.
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