Iraqi Parliament Passes Federalism Bill

There is a school of thought that splitting along Kurd, Sunni and Shia lines, into a loose federation might very well acknowledge the situation as it already is, rather than keep trying to pound all three square pegs into one round hole. The Kurdish north is working fairly well, having had a ten-year head start in managing their own affairs, while under the protection of the no-fly zone. Metaphorically sending the Shia and the Sunni to their own corners to work out their own political future and salvation… well, it would at least give them a challenge and responsibility, and with luck, divert the energy currently expended in going after each other, and blaming us for it. If they are going to make it work, though, and taking the Kurds for a model, it won’t begin to show results for another five years or so. And according to this story, this is what the US Army may have in mind, also.

Sgt. Mom is a freelance writer and retired Air Force NCO who blogs at, and lives in San Antonio, Texas.

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