Monday, October 08, 2007

Debate on whether to " partition " Iraq or not

While the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) has condemned, and the White House as well as the State Department also expressed objection to, the 'decentralisation' or 'partition' of Iraq as proposed in a non-binding resolution recently passed by the United States' Senate, Iraq's own president Jalal Talabani says he supports the call for the division of Iraq into autonomous regions for the Shi'ites, Sunnis and Kurds despite the opposition already voiced by PM Nouri al-Maliki.

Controversy over privatised soldiery rages on

Peter Mansfield's A History of the Middle East


Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

Both President Bush and Dr. Rice are right on this issue because the partition of Iraq would become, in the eyes of the Muslim world, the second most tragic and humiliating event since the breakup of the Ottoman Empire in the aftermath of the First War War.

11:48 PM  
Blogger Monsterball said...

Why not a loose Federal system ?
Each of the main regions would run their own local government, lower courts, education system, with constitutional guarantees for the civil rights of ethnic minorities.
The Baghdad Central government would run foreign policy and defense.

Kurdistan has existed as a quasi-independent region since the end of the 1991 First Gulf War. The Western Powers provided armed air protection over the territory for more than ten years.

The solution could be more palatable to each of the groups in Iraq than a strong Sunni or Shiite dominated central administration.
And Iraq would continue as a sovereign state.

12:07 AM  

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