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Democracy begins and ends with self determination, therefore "allowing" each precinct, township, and province to chart their own future is paramount in producing a democratic government. The American effort to force a top-down system of government on the Iraqi people is undemocratic and destined to failure.

The real test of democracy is can it provide every person and group their rights and self determination. From the beginning a unified Iraq was a foolish and unrealistic view that could be seen only from a colonialist perspective, and to try to foist democracy at the point of a corrupt gun was even more foolish.
But even now, we could "allow" each of the Iraqi regions their own government and then step out of the way. Giving each Iraqi self determination will allow them to pave their own way, face their own demons, live within the international community, and develop their own democracy-which is truly the definition of democracy.
Offending the neighbors should not be a real issue, those who have held the Kurds under subjugation and from self determination have no moral standing in holding back their independence, and independent shiite and sunni Iraqi states would have to live within internationally acceptable conduct and limits or face condemnation and sanctions.
In any case, Iraq is what it is, and each people should be able to have their own homeland and their own government. The partitioning of Iraq will happen, what we can do is get on the side of reality and help reduce the pain and bloodshed during the separation.

Originally posted to altruist51 on Sat Jan 20, 2007 at 06:22 AM PST.

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  •  no? (0+ / 0-)

    a point from the NYT article this morning

    The draft comes down firmly on the side of central oversight, a decision that advocates for Iraq’s unity are likely to trumpet as a triumph.

  •  Oh dear (0+ / 0-)

    This isn't a diary.  From the FAQ:

    1.  Diaries should be substantive. A good guideline is that if you don't have at least three solid paragraphs to write about your subject, you should probably post a comment in an open thread, or in a recent diary or front-page post that covers a topic relevant to what you wish to write about.

    Please flesh it out a bit or delete it.  Thanks.

    'Every day I delete somebody from my mobile phone because they've been killed.' - unnamed Iraqi refugee

    by TruthOfAngels on Sat Jan 20, 2007 at 06:39:08 AM PST

  •  Flesh this out a bit (0+ / 0-)

    This diary has potential, but right now it takes up as much space as one of those "Did You Know?" columns you find in textbooks.

    Expand on this or delete.

    We will appoint as...officials, only men that know the law of the realm and are minded to keep it well. -- Magna Carta, #46 (-6.25, -7.18)

    by DH from MD on Sat Jan 20, 2007 at 06:44:05 AM PST

  •  that is what (1+ / 0-)
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    Ayatollah Sistani said from the beginning . . . "local" elections first (and immediately), followed by a "bottom up" national unity government.

    But that would have produced an Iraqi government, not an American puppet, so the idea was rejected out of hand.

    It is not now, and never was, about "bringing democracy to Iraq".

  •  Iraq is not Yugoslavia (0+ / 0-)

    they went throughsomething called the Iran-Iraq war. There was in recent memory an institution called the Iraqi army that , while it may have been imbalanced in ethnic makeup (which incidentally doesn't seem to have diminished the US military's effectiveness) was thought to be at one time one of the most formidable organizations in the ME. There are still millions of committed, passionate nationalists from all confessional groups in Iraq. The centrifigal forces hurling Iraq apart today stem from their being invaded and occupied by a foreign power of dubious legal and moral standing. Once we start to withdraw (and we will) I suspect (of course I don't know) that the next generation of Iraqi leaders will have a lot more in common with Tito than Milosevic. They have institutional memory, language and ethnic similarity, and incentive to resist partition.  

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