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Friday, December 08, 2006

The Iraq Study Group Report

ISG Report
(click here for the Romanian version)

There is no magic formula to solve the problems of Iraq. So starts the ISG (Iraq Study Group) Report. And it continues, no one can guarantee that any course of action in Iraq at this point will stop sectarian warfare, growing violence, or a slide toward chaos.

The new approach recommended by ISG is built upon two vectors: building a regional consensus (with emphasis on Iran and Syria participation), and transferring the responsibility to the Iraqis. In order to build the regional consensus, Iraqi issues would be considered in parallel with Israeli-Arab issues.

This approach is very ambitious, only it’s hardly to believe it would be successful. Fareed Zakaria was suggesting some contingency measures. As for the report of ISG, it does not say what happens if the Baker-Hamilton plan proves unsuccessful.

It’s a clear declaration that we are leaving, says Andrew Sullivan in his Daily Dish. It’s not only that, I would add. Because it’s a clear declaration that Kurds should deal their matters by themselves. And not only Kurds. I’m sad. To put it bluntly: Iraqis are not able to help themselves, that’s totally true, but is this their own fault?


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