September 11, 2007

Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres

I jump into the soft-partition camp in today's AmSpec column.

Posted by John Tabin at September 11, 2007 11:48 PM

John, you characterize soft partition as suboptimal, but one key aspect of bolstering and envigorating Iraqi ground-up democracy is that individual Iraqis appear to be willing to stand up for what they've fought (or at least, suffered) for.

I have long maintained that the fundamental problem we've got to lick is that folks who have lived under repression for such extended periods cannot appreciate their newly gained freedoms overnight. A soft partition would certainly rely on individual citizens to stand up, as opposed to the media's portrayal of free elections as providing that a priori.

Great piece, I read you regularly.

Best Regards,


Posted by: Mark Stoffel at September 12, 2007 10:41 AM