Here in the Philippines, there is a “love/hate” relationship with the USA…Personally people love Americans and many like our family have lots of family members living there.

But the US has to be very polite when they visit, for any hint that they are trying to boss the Philippine people around brings a sharp backlash, and not only on the left. It’s local pride: The Americans don’t have a right to tell us what to do…they can help, they can suggest, but they can’t boss us around.

So I was not surprised when Iraqi politicians hit the ceiling after hearing the US Senate passed a “non binding” resolution saying that Iraq should divide their country into several separate states.

I mean, this is a Congress that many don’t know a Shiite from a Sunni, and they’re telling the Iraqi how to do things.

The genesis of the resolution is the proposal by Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., a Delaware Democrat, and Leslie Gelb, Council of Foreign Relations president emeritus. The pair advocated dividing the country along ethnic and regional lines….

But whatever the effect Senate lawmakers intended by wading into the debate, the effort has backfired in Baghdad….”We refuse the resolutions which decide Iraq’s destiny from outside Iraq. This is a dangerous partitioning based on sectarianism and ethnicity,” said Hashim Taie, a member of the Iraqi Accordance Front, the parliament’s main Sunni representation.

So congratulations, guys.

You finally got the government there to talk to each other and agree about something…

Hmmm…wonder if it would work here…


Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket. 

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