RAND: Blog: With the Death Toll Rising in Gaza, is There Any Hope For Peace?
This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger
Here is one of the few times that I’ve ever agreed with Senator Lindsay Graham on anything. As long as Hamas is part of any Palestinian government there will never be peace between Israel and Palestine. Because Israel will always feel the need and rightfully so to occupy at least parts of Palestine especially Gaza in order to make Israel as secure as possible. So if you want peace between Israel and Palestine, you need to get Hamas out of the picture as part of any government coalition and treat them like the terrorists that they are.
I don’t claim to be an expert on Israel and Palestine because I’m not. But I believe I have a short-term solution in how to end the conflict there. You make the West Bank an independent country from Israel which would be Palestine or the early days on an Independent State of Palestine with the West Bank Palestinian government in complete control there of the governing there. Including security, armed forces, foreign relations, their own currency there.
Then Israel working together with Palestine and perhaps in coalition of NATO they takeout Hamas in Gaza so Hamas is no longer able to control Gaza in any way. And once Hamas is out of picture Israel and Palestine can once again talk about the final solution and territorial rights of both countries with the West Bank and Gaza now under complete governing control of the Independent State of Palestine. With Hamas out of the picture as part of any governing coalition.
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Posted in Arabia, tagged Iraq, Iraqi Civil War, Iraqi Government, Joe Biden, Kurdistan, Partition of Iraq, Shiastan, Sunnistan, Three-State Solution of Iraq on June 23, 2014|
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National Post: Staff: An Historical Look at How Iraq Was Formed
Back in 2006-07 then U.S. Senator Joe Biden as he was then Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee in 2006 and then when Democrats won back Congress in 2006 he became Chairman of that committee proposed a radical idea about Iraq which was beaten down by both Republicans and Democrats in the last few years. His idea was that Iraq would remain a one independent country, but that three new states would be created inside of Iraq. Kurdistan in the North. A Sunnistan or Sunni-Arab state in Western Iraq. And a Shiastan or Shia-Arab state in the South.
Well since Iraq reached a certain level of sustainability and competence under the Maliki Administration the last seven years or so with a real federal united republic being formed there. So Senator Biden’s idea about breaking up Iraq into these three ethnic and religious states or divisions similar to Britain looked well cooky if not radical. Since Iraq seemed to have reached some level of legitimacy and sustainability as a united federal republic.
Well over the last few weeks thanks to the ISIS now in control of parts of Iraq, ISIS being the Islāmic terrorist group Iraq’s future as an independent united nation looks at best up in the air. With the idea of Northern Iraq breaking away from the rest of the country now seems to look credible if not definite. And Senator Biden’s idea about a three state Iraq not only looking less radical, but a strong proposal that had it gone through in 2007-08 maybe Iraq is a unified country now not looking at a civil war. With all the competing factions having the power and responsibility over their own domestic affairs.
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Democracy in Action
There doesn’t seem to be a big or strong enough Liberal or even Conservative-Democratic movement in Egypt. That is big enough to take on the Islamic-Theocrats and the military- authoritarians in Egypt. Leaving Egypt stuck between two forms of authoritarianism. People in favor of the current police state and never moving away from that. And people who want to impose an Islamic-Theocracy on Egypt and what Egypt needs for Democracy to have any shot at. Becoming real in a big Arab country with no history of Democracy. Is for Liberal-Democrats and Conservative-Democrats and even Social-Democrats to emerge in Egypt so Egyptians who want it. Can not only push and vote for Democracy but have choices in what type of Democracy that they want in Egypt.
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