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August 16, 2005

Iraq Constitution Delayed

Instapundit has links.

This isn't disaster, but there's always been a problem. Turkey demands we keep Iraq as a single entity, while the two groups in Iraq who actually support us (the Kurds and Shi'ites) seem to want to break the country up into three.

The only actual Iraqis fully behind keeping the country as one are our opponents in the war and in the terrorist insurgency, the Sunnis.

Probably because the oil is chiefly in areas dominated by the Kurds and Shi'ites.

I had thought we could finesse this problem, but I don't know anymore. We may have to anger Turkey and allow the Kurds and Shi'ites to form their own countries. Of course they'll stiff the Sunnis on oil that is (arguably) partly theirs, from a historical perspective.

Not sure how much we owe the Iraqi Sunnis at this point, though. Give 'em the desert and let them blow up themselves if they won't join with other Iraqis and accept their place in a democractic Iraq.

At least it would be a useful threat.

The Turkish Complication continues to strangely put us on the side of our sworn enemies and against our allies. How hard to we struggle to satisfy a sometime ally that refused to let us use their land as a base and thus made the war and its aftermath more difficult for us?


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