Federalization or soft partition is not only already in the Iraq constitution but Iraqis are already doing it themselves by leaving the country, building their own walls and ethnic cleansing.

UNFORTUNATELY Joe Biden also helped create the problem that now exists for us by trusting and supporting BW Bush’s use of military force in Iraq.

In defense of Biden :

1. He was trusting and supporting the President in a time of national crisis and before it became apparant that GW Bush was not to be trusted.

2. He assumed that GW Bush would show good judgement in exercising the power given to him. He apparently did not realize the extent to which GW Bush was controled by the Neocons whose agenda was to establish the USA as the world’s undisputed superpower in the 21st century (See PNAC)

(From the Babylonians site)

Shiites’ Biggest Party Supports Federalism
Oct 8th, 2007 by babylonians

October 7, 2007

At a meal at the council’s headquarters in Baghdad to break the fast during Ramadan, [Ammar al-Hakim, son of Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, the head of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council] invited journalists to attend and did not object to female reporters not wearing a scarf. On most other occasions, female visitors would be asked to wear a veil.

Hakim is popular among the young generation of Iraqis and is regarded as a tolerant leader.

He was trained by his uncle Mohammed Baqer al-Hakim, who was killed in a bombing in Najaf in 2003 shortly after he arrived back in Iraq from exile following the toppling of Saddam Hussein.

Outside interference was another factor hurting Iraq, Hakim said.

“Maybe some agendas from outside, which side with this or that, is a reason for the deepening of these problems,” he said without elaborating.

Hakim echoed the view within SIIC that federalism was a good solution for Iraq’s problems, allowing fair competition in the provinces that would allow Iraq’s people to be better served.

He said by forming regions, there would be less competition in Baghdad and therefore less tension over jobs.

“When the central government has very wide authority and it controls everything, therefore everybody wants to ensure their rights in the central government,” said Hakim, who rejects the idea of a specific Shi’ite or Sunni region.

“Last year, the parliament froze forming regions for a year and a half. So now one year has passed and we still have six months in which serious work needs to be done to prepare the ground for people to have their say and … begin forming regions within the timetable we have,” he said.

Iraq’s constitution describes Iraq as a republican, parliamentarian, democratic and federal state but it does not define specifically the degree or nature of the federalism that Kurds and some Shi’ites are seeking in parts of the country.

Sunni Arabs fiercely opposed federalism and worry that it could lead to the country’s partition.

fROM THE SITE OF THE BABYLONIANS (Which is the go-to site for info re: How to clean up the Iraq mess.)

Talabani Supports Proposal to Divide Iraq Into Three Regions

By Catherine Larkin

Oct. 7 (Bloomberg) — Iraqi President Jalal Talabani endorsed a plan gaining support in the U.S. Congress to divide Iraq along ethnic lines into three separate regions under a limited central government.

Talabani, a Kurd, said a so-called soft partition of Iraq would prevent civil war among the country’s Shiite and Sunni Muslims and Kurds.

The U.S. Senate voted 75-23 in favor of a non-binding resolution supporting establishment of such a federal system in Iraq. The idea has been championed by Democratic Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware and the resolution, approved Sept. 26, was co- sponsored by Republican Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas. Both lawmakers are seeking the presidential nomination of their parties.

“I think the resolution passed by the Senate is a very good one,” Talabani said today on CNN’s “Late Edition” program. “It is insisting on the unity of Iraq, of the security of Iraq, of the prosperity of Iraq, of national reconciliation and asking our neighbors not to interfere in the internal affairs of Iraq.”

The plan calls for the central government to handle national security and distribution of the country’s oil revenue among the three regions. The Iraqi government has been struggling to pass a national law governing how such distributions will be done.

The Bush administration and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki, a Shiite Muslim, have expressed opposition to any move to split up the country. Regional officials in Kurdistan have been criticized by the current Iraqi government for signing independent agreements with companies for oil exploration and production.

Talabani was in Washington last week for a meeting with President George W. Bush and members of Congress. The Iraqi leader also said he expected that the country’s army will be able to take over enough security duty so that the U.S. may be able to withdraw more than 100,000 of its troops “by the end of next year.” The U.S. currently has about 165,000 troops in Iraq.

To contact the reporter on this story: Catherine Larkin in Washington at clarkin4@bloomberg.net

October 7, 2007

Babylonian Society
Soft Partition, Confederation, Federation… different names: one hope for IRAQ The politicians who need to learn how to read!
Sep 30th, 2007 by babylonians

Babylonian Society

September 30, 2007

Iraqi politicians are going crazy! The Senate wants to divide Iraq! EXCUSE ME! Did those politicians read the Biden-Brownback-Boxer amendment? Did they even read the Iraqi constitution? Iraq’s biggest tragedy is its politicians’ refusal to deal with reality. 86 years of tragedies… we demand change and Iraq old-style is not working anymore.

In recent op-ed, Sarmad Aqrawi says: “I just can’t understand why people went crazy over the Biden amendment? It’s already in the Iraqi constitution!” He adds: “Supporters of federalism among Shiites and Kurds are attacked for no reason whatsoever.” Aqrawi translated Senator Biden’s call to support his amendment and challenged all Iraqis to find something that would suggest breaking Iraqi laws in the Biden amendment. Here’s the piece translated into Arabic by Aqrawi:

“I urge Congress to pass the Biden-Brownback-Boxer amendment to create a federal system in Iraq, as their Constitution provides, that gives each region of the country control over the daily lives of its citizens, and securing the support of the United Nations and Iraq’s neighbors for this plan.”

Said al-Faham, a Shiite writer says in another op-ed: “I consider Mr. Biden a man who really loves Iraq!” He criticizes the crazy campaign against the Biden amendment saying that: “we think with our hearts refusing to deal with reality. Iraq is a fake state since the day it was born and it’s already divided!”

Al-Faham adds: “we should support Mr. Biden’s plan. This is our last chance and we should not waste it.”

Adnan al-Babili, an Iraqi writer, says in a recent article titled “There’s nothing wrong with partition”: “the Senate’s decision to support federalism in Iraq reflects a realistic approach to the Iraqi conflict. What keeps Iraq united is in fact the American existence.”

It’s time for a new Iraq and nothing will take us back to the old days of persecution. If you don’t like Biden’s proposal, what’s your idea.

There’s that Chinese proverb: It’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness. Please, people stop cursing the darkness and try to light a candle… try to bring hope to the hopeless condition in Iraq like what the Biden-Brownback-Boxer amendment offers and if you can’t light a candle, if you don’t have a idea to stop the killings and suffer Iraqis live with everyday, please shut up!