US Senate votes to support dividing Iraq on sectarian basis

What are we thinking? Is this what we elect these morons for?

A plan, offered as an amendment to a defense policy bill, would provide for decentralizing Iraq in a federal system “as permitted by Iraq’s constitution” to stop the country from becoming a failed state.

“The concept of federalism has always been part of the construct in Iraq. It’s part of their constitution. The UN Security Council resolutions on Iraq talk about a federal, democratic Iraq,” said Fratto.

The measure proposes to separate Iraq into Kurdish, Shiite and Sunni entities, with a federal government in Baghdad in charge of border security and oil revenues.

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It also aims to defuse sectarian violence by offering Sunnis a share of oil revenues, boosting reconstruction aid and debt relief and launching an international diplomatic effort to rally the world’s great powers and Iraq’s neighbors to the new federation’s cause.

“Everyone has views of what might be the best way to proceed in Iraq. But clearly those decisions have to be made by the people of Iraq and they cannot be imposed by foreign countries, and certainly not us,” said Fratto.

Meanwhile,

Nuri al-Maliki, Iraq’s prime minister, has rejected a US senate resolution calling for the creation of separate Sunni, Shia and Kurdish federal regions.

“They should stand by Iraq to solidify its unity and its sovereignty. They shouldn’t be proposing its division. That could be a disaster not just for Iraq but for the region.” Al Maliki said.


Al-Maliki also called on the Iraqi parliament to meet and respond formally to the non-binding resolution, which was passed on Wednesday (Sept 26, 2007).

Many Sunnis and Shias oppose greater federalism which they see as a step towards dividing Iraq.

Have we not learned from the Partition of Palestine? When will we stop meddling in other people’s lives? And we call this..spreading democracy? It seems that all we’re interested in is simple chaos and by Dividing and conquering this Administration will argue that it “achieved” something in Iraq since everything it has done (in the region) to date has been a complete failure.

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