Let's split Iraq up to save
by Mark Neckameyer
January 01, 2005
In the early Nineties, Rwanda had gained independence and began
attempting to install some semblance of democracy.
For generations, the majority Hutu tribe had been discriminated
against by the minority but autocratically ruling Tutsis tribe.
You may recall that in the massacres, rapes and genocide that
followed, more than a million people died IN ONE BLOODY YEAR!
In the last decade, Yugoslavia was freed from the brutal rule
of Marshall Tito and from living under the hegemony of the often
brutal USSR. Orthodox Serbs, Albanian Muslims and Croatian
Catholics hated and feared each other but they feared Soviet
retribution more so they behaved themselves. When they
were free from those fears; rapes, massacres and genocide forced
the EU and ourselves to send troops. The former Yugoslavian
nation was divided up and each group is happy now.
There are more examples including the Muslims and Hindus of India
who were separated into present day India and Pakistan by the
British in 1947. They still fight but they have to do it
from a distance now and there is at least hope of eventual peace.
You might even include the English Protestants and Irish Catholics
who are still killing each other over the northern tip of Ireland
some five-hundred years after the Reformation, Henry V111 and
William of Orange started the problems there. The
Arabs and Jews in the Middle East were also split up by the British
as they could not and still cannot live together without mayhem.
What is the point of these comparisons? The Shiite Muslim
majority in Iraq had long been subjugated by the minority Sunni
Muslims. For the past three decades Sunni rule
was personified by that wonderful humanitarian Saddam Hussein.
The Sunnis got the best jobs, got the spoils of the oil trade, and
virtually owned the army and the Iraqi government.
Lots of Sunnis and Kurds too were murdered if they did not
capitulate to Sunni dominance. Now we are installing democracy
in Iraq but the Shiites want to see justice done, murders solved
and want their share of the economy. Sunnis for a couple
of generations were brought up to believe that Iraq was theirs.
To make things worse, Kurds are the largest ethnic group in the
world without a country to call their own. They are Muslims
but with their own customs, language and traditions. Saddam
forced these groups to live together albeit he did it through
murder and torture.
What makes us think that we can resolve these long term vendettas
in a few months or even a few years. President Bush is
correct that all people yearn to be free but do they really want
to live with people responsible for killing their friends and
family? Can hate taught all their lives just disappear
in a flash in an election booth? Perhaps our best strategy
would be to just split Iraq into three nations; Sunni, Shiite
and Kurd. Split the land pro rated to population and split
the oil profits pro rata for the next hundred years. Set
up three democracies. Build two big and tall fences separating
the three nascent nations and wait for a new generation to forgive
and forget. Then, when the last fence has been completed,
we send out troops home.
Would this work? Remember Czechoslovakia? Korea?
The Soviet Union? This is no knock on the President's program.
Terrorists still need to be eliminated and freedom encouraged
but putting folks in their own nations will help the cause.
Irvine, CA - USA
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