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The Ottoman Empire took control in the 16th century and ruled until the British occupied the country during World War I (1914–18). The British created the kingdom of Iraq in 1921 and occupied Iraq again during World War II (1939–45). The monarchy was restored following the war, but a revolution caused its downfall in 1958. Following a series of military coups, the socialist Ba'th Party, eventually led by Saddam Hussein, took control and established totalitarian rule in 1968.
Originally posted by ThePieMaN
No. The country should be the same way as it was before we went there. Countries are not supposed to be split up that were once whole countries especially based upon religion. If this is our idea of bringing the Iraqi's freedom its bogus. Splitting up their country? Thats total BS.
Sun Sep 24, 9:48 PM
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's feuding ethnic and sectarian groups agreed Sunday to consider amending the constitution and begin debating legislation to create a federated nation, while the Shiite prime minister appealed for an end to violence during Ramadan.
Shiite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish political leaders broke a two-week deadlock and agreed on a compromise that will allow parliament to take up Shiite-proposed draft legislation to permit creation of partly self-ruling regions.
Sunni Arabs have fought the federalism bill, fearing it will splinter the country and deny them a share of Iraq's oil, which is found in the predominantly Kurdish north and the heavily Shiite south.
But they agreed to a legislative debate after all parties accepted a Sunni demand that a parliamentary committee be set up to study amending the constitution. The committee will be named Monday and the federalism bill will be read to 275-member parliament a day later.
Originally posted by Keyhole
The Iraq's government are the ones talking about this, like they have been for a while, the US isn't telling them they need to break Iraq up into seperate regions, Iraqi leaders are contemplating this.
It's up to them, it's their country.
I started a thread about this a month or so ago.
In an op-ed essay in Monday’s edition of The New York Times, Sen. Joseph Biden. D-Del., wrote that the idea “is to maintain a united Iraq by decentralizing it, giving each ethno-religious group ... room to run its own affairs, while leaving the central government in charge of common interests.”
Biden and Gelb also wrote that President Bush “must direct the military to design a plan for withdrawing and redeploying our troops from Iraq by 2008 (while providing for a small but effective residual force to combat terrorists and keep the neighbors honest).”
Originally posted by rich23
Well, that's funny, because long before the Iraqis started talking about this, the US were talking about this. And it seems to go back to initial discussions with Chalabi, the guy who was originally trying to be the US puppet in the country.
Prince Turki told a conference on Washington's relations with the Arab world that dividing Iraq into three regions, reflecting its Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish populations, would be a disaster. "To envision that you can divide Iraq into three parts is to envision ethnic cleansing on a massive scale, sectarian killing on a massive scale and uprooting of families and even the divorce rate in Iraq will shoot up 300 percent," he said
Originally posted by Rockpuck
Of course with Kurds it is one thing, they have segregated themselves for a while, Sunis and Shiites will go to war immediatly to fight for cities, such as who will keep the capital and key trading cities and industrial cities. Then a massive population flux as sunis move to sunistan and shiites to shiitstan