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  •  It is an oversimplification (2+ / 0-)
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    Adam B, mrckknievel

    to say

    artificialy dividing a country is unworkable

    Iraq was an artificial division in the first place, which is why you have the Kurd, Sunni, and Shia dynamic that makes an iron fist dictator the only plausible method of governing. Biden has advocated redrawing natural borders that would give each of the three groups the autonomy they seek.

    •  Those groups live cheek-by-jowel in Baghdad. (3+ / 0-)
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      mapantsula, eve, carllaw

      Unless you want another India/Pakistan split, EXTREME care is going to be required.

      Not to mention the "equitable" distribution of oil wealth.

      Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
      -Spike Milligan

      by polecat on Mon Aug 18, 2008 at 08:02:05 AM PDT

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    •  of course it was and it was the British (3+ / 0-)
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      KayCeSF, twinpeaks, carllaw

      Empire that ignored hundreds of years of history to fashion an artificial "country" out of whole cloth.
      What is not talked about is the heartbreak and sorrow for the families and tribes and children who became victims of empire building.
      What is again, unspoken, when Joe Biden cavalierly "divides" Iraq is that there are not neat divisions, but again, ruthless chopping of neighborhoods.

      Wes Clark pointed that out when he was NATO SACEUR.
      He  has talked of a military meeting with some people about dividing one of the former parts of Yugoslavia to resolve the Serbian, Bosnian conflict. One of the people in the room said to one of the divisions, "but if you divide things here, you are running through so and so's farm"?

      I will take a lot of heat here for syaing that Joe Biden is a well meaning idiot.

      I know that's harsh but nevertheless Joe means well but does not have the intellect, experience and vision to be capable of geopolitical problem solving. Barack Obama has the intellect and capability but not the experience.

      Clark is extremely well qualified to examine geopolitical problems and come to solutions that do the least damage.

      I for one am tired of paying for the horrors of empire, regardless whether Halliburton or Exxon face lower profits if someone has the leadership to say "enough".

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