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February 24, 2005

Fulcrum

Here we are, the future of Iraq.

The new Iraqi assembly meets in about 2 weeks to vote for the nation’s new president and vice presidents (two veeps). The president and VPs will then vote for a prime minister, and the prime minister will “put together a government”, says the article above.

The president and his sidekicks must be elected by a 2/3 majority. The popular United Iraqi Alliance, the Shia party backed by Ayatola Sistani, has just over 50% of the assembly seats, and they’ve got a guy they want to be prime minister. Their most logical manuever would be to strike a bargain with the Kurdish Alliance, which has 27% of the seats.

So what do the Kurds want? The oil rich city of Kirkuk, and “a degree of autonomy which is close to independence”. As I have mentioned many times, Iraq’s neighbor Turkey is utterly opposed to these things, as it fears that they will incite a similar desire for independence/secession among its own Kurdish population. Turkey has already claimed that they are willing to use military force to prevent the Kurds from taking Kirkuk.

Will Iraq’s attempts at creating a new government end up breaking it into pieces?

Posted by Jake on February 24, 2005 7:56 pm

2 Comments »

  1. “Will Iraq’s attempts at creating a new government end up breaking it into pieces?”

    And if they do? At what point do we say, “that’s what they want, that’s what they’re voting for.” If we truly believe in democracy, then we can’t wrap iron bands around their bursting barrel. Iraq and eastern Turkey and Palestine and the other “messy” areas in the Middle East are the bastard children of British colonialism. Our misguided “war of liberation” overturned a wobbly apple cart; there’s no putting the springs back in the watch now. For better or for worse, the winds of change are blowing up the Tigris, and if the end result is not as Uncle Sam planned, there’s no one to blame but good old Democracy (ours and theirs). Am I out in left field on this one?

    Also: might Turkey jeopardize its quest for EU acceptance by Saddam-izing its Kurds?

    N

    Should I have used MORE metaphors?

    Comment by N — February 25, 2005 @ 7:41 am

  2. I think the underlying problem through all of this is that the neo-cons don’t fully understand the concept of democracy. You can’t dictate the will of the people. If you do, it ceases to be a democracy. So, “Will Iraq’s attempts at creating a new government end up beaking it into pieces?” Probably, and it will be all our fault… and everyone will know it except us. Rest assured, someone will be “saddam-ized” in the process. Sorry, I had to jack that one.

    Comment by Robin — February 25, 2005 @ 8:48 am

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