Splitting Iraq In Three
Apparently that’s one idea that’s being floated around by James Baker for a post-election solution for the war-torn country.
The the Times Online:
AN independent commission set up by Congress with the approval of President George W Bush may recommend carving up Iraq into three highly autonomous regions, according to well informed sources.
The Iraq Study Group, co-chaired by James Baker, the former US secretary of state, is preparing to report after next monthÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s congressional elections amid signs that sectarian violence and attacks on coalition forces are spiralling out of control. The conflict is claiming the lives of 100 civilians a day and bombings have reached record levels.
The Baker commission has grown increasingly interested in the idea of splitting the ShiÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ite, Sunni and Kurdish regions of Iraq as the only alternative to what Baker calls ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œcutting and runningÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? or ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œstaying the courseÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚?.
I agree. This appears to be the only feasible alternative since it we simply don’t have the number of troops to adequately secure the country. And this would hopefully quell any chance of civil war if we give each faction their own space.
And here’s the answer to the “what will they do with the oil revenues?” question:
His group will not advise ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œpartitionÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚?, but is believed to favour a division of the country that will devolve power and security to the regions, leaving a skeletal national government in Baghdad in charge of foreign affairs, border protection and the distribution of oil revenue.
If it’s doable, let’s do it. And then, let’s get the hell out of there.