Sunday, November 02, 2008

 

Iraq must be divided

It seems clear that democracy is not an option for a unified Iraq. It won't work for us, because it would mean that the Shiites would be in control, and would almost certainly unite with Iran. And democracy won't work for Iraq, because the Sunnis aren't disposed to accept being the underdogs.

It seems to me that the only option is to divide the country. Before hostile tribes can work together, they need independence and respect. Then they will slowly discover that it's in their best interest to cooperate.

Ethnic cleansing has separated ethnic groups over the past five years, so it shouldn't be difficult to draw the dividing lines, with Bagdad as a divided city like Berlin and Jerusalem once were.

The only problem is to figure out a formula for sharing oil revenue.

Then we can leave.

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