Three Separate Iraqs – Finally a New Strategy

It looks like the US might be considering a new policy towards Iraq. Separating the country into three separate regions might actually be a step in the right direction:

The Iraq Study Group, co-chaired by James Baker, the former US secretary of state, is preparing to report after next month’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.

This shows potential. First. The study is headed by James Baker for whom I have a lot of respect. Second. The Republicans are clearly failing here. Their current strategy seems to be “stay and die” and at least with with this new strategy we have hope.

The commission is considered to represent a last chance for fresh thinking on Iraq, where mass kidnappings are increasing and even the police are suspected of being responsible for a growing number of atrocities.

The invasion of Iraq was a huge political disaster. Bush should be held accountable but at the end of the day we can’t leave the region in chaos. Leaving Iraq to fight a civil war would be more evil an act than the Bush administration’s fabrication of evidence to justify the invasion in the first place.

At least this way we could give the Kurds, Sunnis, and Shias a fighting chance.

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