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  •  Well, the French were originally going to divide (0+ / 0-)

    their Syrian mandate territory into 4 states, more along ethnic and sectarian lines and Latakia once was an independent state.  And that wouldn't have been a bad idea, imo, as it is now crystal clear that there are people living in Syria who have little in common with each other.

    And no, it definitely wouldn't be painless, but at this point I'm seriously starting to doubt that anything else is possible.  The hatred and pain just runs so deep now.  On one hand, you now have a large portion of the Sunni Arabs seriously hating Alawites and even Christians.  On the other hand, you have lots of minorities literally scared to death of living in a Sunni Arab majority Syria.

    And now, with the use of chemical weapons, that hate and fear just got so much worse.

    I think it is virtually impossible for Syria to be a nation state ruled by a central government at this point.  The best case scenario would be a federal state with numerous autonomous or semi-autonomous zones.

    I have to disagree with you somewhat about Iraq and the Kurdish area there.  It is true that some minorities there are not happy, but others have thrived there and there has even been a wave of Iraqi Christians moving to Iraqi Kurdistan from the rest of Iraq.

    I'd also be cautious about romanticizing the Ottoman Empire.  There was lots of violence, there were lots of uprisings, there was lots of injustice, there were plenty of pogrom-like occasions, and there was plenty of ethnic and religious discrimination in the various provinces of the Ottoman Empire.

    One thing that all this has made crystal clear is that the European Union is a magnificent "experiment", since it has mostly stopped this kind of shit from happening in the E.U. Zone.

     

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 01:08:27 AM PDT

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