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Friday, March 03, 2006

New Column: Divorce, Iraqi Style

I've pained over this column, but I think now is the time to start saying these things: check it out over here, Divorce, Iraqi Style. I was surprised by how much damage the concept of Iraq had undergone within me over the last 2.5 years; I feel totally unsentimental about Iraq staying as one country. I shall be saddened by the fallout of dismemberment, but at this point, it feels like a price we must and can pay after the campaign of terrorism we have endured and continue to endure.

I am in Damascus now, hence the sporadic blogging. I may write about Syria soon.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You wrote:

"and Turkish sensitivity to a Kurdistan that become independent by no fault of its own, would be massive."

How ironic that after years and years of Arab (Iraqi and non-Iraqi alike), Turkish, etc. complaining about the Kurdistan flag and alleged manifestations of Kurdish separatism that it is not a Kurdish/Arab conflict that threatens to tear Iraq apart, but an Arab/Arab conflict. Perhaps more energy should have been invested in dealing with Arab problems rather than making up fables to justify anti-Kurdish paranoia and rhetoric.

12:01 PM, March 03, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem with a divorce is that it separates the parts; a bundle of sticks is stronger than each individual stick. Iraq partitioned is Iraq no longer. There are wolves, out there, just waiting to pick up the pieces.

5:34 PM, March 06, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iraq can't be divided and then separated as if history doesn't matter. Why not learn from history (better late than never) and have the US soldiers get out, now. And if THAT doesn't work, get a divorce. A marriage shouldn't be that easy to get out of.

10:17 AM, March 09, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmm...don't know if that day will come..unfortunately the Shia are too chicken to fight for their rights....clearly as you can see the Wahabbi "turbans" always want to fight meanwhile our "turbans" always want to look good and appease the Sunnis by calling for calm and brotherhood...

Meanwhile, the weight of a 1,400 year old histroy and a legacy of defeat slowly but surely keeps boiling the Shia in a massive pressure cooker with no vent and the led tightly shut......

You can imagine what comes next.....

5:07 AM, March 14, 2006

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