Daily Sabah - June 20, 2014
The advance of ISIS and the miserable failure of the Maliki government
to protect Iraqi citizens against it brought back the old discussions of
splitting up of Iraq.
Given the rising tensions between Sunnis and Shias and the Kurdish
aspiration for independence, some argue for a swift and pain-free
division of the country. This, they claim, will create three states out
of Iraq but keep the rest of the Middle East together.
Is this really the case? Or will the splitting up of Iraq be just the
beginning of a reign of communal violence, terror, internecine wars and
the socio-political disintegration of the entire Middle East?
Borders may change. There is nothing sacred about the current borders of
the nation-state called Iraq. The question is how they change and under
what circumstances. Dividing Iraq along ethnic and sectarian lines will
be a disaster for all ethnic and sectarian relations in the region.