Another report on Iraq falling apart. Snip:
It seems unlikely that Baghdad will ever come together again. Sunni are frightened of being caught in a Shia district, and vice versa. Many now carry two sets of identity documents, one Sunni and one Shia. Checkpoints manned by the Mehdi Army know this and sometimes ask people claiming to be Shia questions about Shia theology. One Shia who passed this test was still killed because he was driving a car with number plates from Anbar, a Sunni province.And yet, another report on the same issue:
"Iraq as a political project is finished," a senior government official was quoted as saying, adding: "The parties have moved to plan B." He said that the Shia, Sunni and Kurdish parties were now looking at ways to divide Iraq between them and to decide the future of Baghdad, where there is a mixed population. "There is serious talk of Baghdad being divided into [Shia] east and [Sunni] west," he said.Such a result was predicted by many people before the war in Iraq started. The Bush administration dismissed such prognostications as wildly incorrect. Now that it is coming to pass, how will the administration spin it? As a decision for the Iraqi people to make? Will we build embassies in all three regions? Will Baghdad become a walled city like Berlin was during the cold war? Will this be the new cold war fighting ground with Iran as our enemy? Will the country become walled apart a la Israel and Palestinean territories? How will Turkey and Iran respond to an autonomous Kurdish zone?