THE COMING APART OF IRAQ.
America has done its part for the people there.
Iraq happens to be coming apart at its seams as a unified country; but that must not be a surprise, as the divisions there are historical, with several tribal groupings forming the old Persian empire, of which countries like Iran, Turkey and other smaller ones, have been part. They have broken away into separate entities, after the Persian empire ended.
Persia itself has managed to exist through subjugation and domination by stronger tribes over their neighbors; and so, the underlying factors of division prevailed until the time of its demise.
Saddam Hussein has used the same brutal force to sustain Iraq as one single country; as, for example, the Kurds in the North had tried to break away, and he had to use mustard gas to control and retain them.
The divisions, which were both tribal and sectarian, have returned, after the fall of Hussein, caused by the invasion of the United States and its allies in 2003; however, the subsequent introduction of a Democratic system of government, has quieten them down as a result.
It was Vice President Joe Biden, who was advocating that, because of the differences on tribal a religious grounds, Iraq would be better off as a federation; however, many, as well as the majority of Iraqis themselves disagreed.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has formed two governments, both with coalition cabinets; and though not tentative, they were fragile or even non-sustainable, under the circumstances.
He being a Shiite would find it hard to please the Kurdish group, who were Sunnis, as the two groups did not primarily share the same religious beliefs; and so, it was likely that on or for any flimsy reason or excuse, his government would collapse at any given time.
That was what Iraq was facing at the moment, that al-Maliki, a Shiite, was requesting "the return of Sunni Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, who is a wanted person "for plotting assassinations during the insurgency", and who has since fled to the Kurdish region,"
Vice President Biden's prediction has come back to haunt both Iraq and those who were opposing him at the time, when he wanted a federation form of government for Iraq.
However, the U.S. has done its part to give Iraq a Democracy; a form of governing that gave a people the right to determine their own future. Therefore, it would be the Iraqis themselves that must be blamed, if it (Democracy) failed.
To keep it called for resilience, determination and fortitude, on the part of any government to do what was right for its people; "for the people, by the people and of the people" type of government to last.
On a jocular note, only the game of football or soccer can bridge the differences that the Iraqi tribal groups have.