Should Iraq Be Divided in Order to Save It?

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Iraq's parliament finally met for business today for the first time since the December elections. After months of political wrangling, Nouri al-Maliki is now the designated Prime Minister, and he's choosing cabinet members. But as the Bush Administration puts its faith in this so-called "unity government," others advocate three semi-autonomous regions. Bloody sectarian violence already is pushing Iraqis into neighborhoods of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds. Government officials are trapped in the Green Zone with little access to the rest of the country. We hear different ideas for establishing order and keeping Iraq together from economists, political scientists, veteran diplomats and the former spokesman for Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari.
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National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan

New York Times article on flu plan, limited federal role

President Bush on new Iraqi government

Prime Minister-designate Maliki, BBC profile of

Biden-Gelb plan for Iraq

Cockburn's article on futility of Washington not accepting Iraq as a Shia state

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