Saturday, September 29, 2007

US Senate votes for plan to divide Iraq

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Friday, 28 September 2007 by Paul Syms, New Humanist

US Senate votes for plan to divide Iraq

The US Senate this week endorsed a plan for a political settlement that would divide Iraq into three semi-autonomous regions, the Washington Post reports.

The plan, devised by Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Joseph R. Biden suggests

a federal system for Iraq, with separate regions for Iraq's Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish populations.
It was approved in an overwhelming 75-23 vote, in a rare show of bi-partisan unity over Iraq. However, the Senate can not force President Bush to act on the vote.

Our September/October editorial warns of the dangers of partition, saying those calling for Iraq to be divided should remember the consequences of carving up India and Pakistan along religious lines.

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