Splitting to win

The issue of Iraqi partition has now become more urgent after the US Congress called for a plan that is against the wishes of the Iraqi people. But since when has this ever been relevant?

The essential Cat’s Dream blog posits an interesting theory. What if the idea of breaking down the Iraqi state is the most ideal way of furthering Zionist ideology in the Middle East? To quote Israel Shahak:

The idea that all the Arab states should be broken down, by Israel, into small units, occurs again and again in Israeli strategic thinking. For example, Ze’ev Schiff, the military correspondent of Ha’aretz (and probably the most knowledgeable in Israel, on this topic) writes about the “best” that can happen for Israeli interests in Iraq: “The dissolution of Iraq into a Shi’ite state, a Sunni state and the separation of the Kurdish part” (Ha’aretz 6/2/1982).

Of course, partition is all about the Iraqi people.