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October 26, 2005

How about a three state, or a three-region state solution to Iraq?

The current countries that exist in the Middle East are, as we all know, largely products of Western imperialism. Or, you know, arrogant stupidity, because basically we drew lines on a map and named the resulting hunks of territory before handing them over, regardless of religion, ethnicity, or history of strife, to various Western powers.

So, while it's all very well to say we can't "make up for" the injustices of history, is it really our business to force the Sunnis, Shi'ites, and Kurds to cohabitate?

Posted by AnneZook at 11:11 AM


Some of us have been suggesting that "unity" needs qualification for some time now.... But with the constitution a pretty much done deal, I think we're in the evolutionary period, rather than the decision-making period, at this point.

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at October 26, 2005 01:27 PM

Well, one might suggest that it's not really "our" decision to make and that if we butted out, it might be the decision that Iraq makes. Or, would have made, left on their own.

Public reports that some neocons still think Chalabi has a chance of becoming PM suggest to me that there are still a lot of USofA fingers in Iraqi pies.

Posted by: Anne at October 27, 2005 08:15 AM

Agreed. There's evidence (well, rumors, mainly) to suggest that a much weaker central government might have made it through the constitutional negotiations much more easily: there's one of our fingers right there.

Chalabi... why can't we ever just wash our hands of these people?

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at October 27, 2005 01:19 PM