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Iraq Confederation is Better than Current Federation

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Submitted by David Weston (United States), Mar 4, 2007 at 14:21

7. Why would a confederation end Iraq's civil war?
Sunni insurgents are fighting for control of Iraq's national government and national security forces in order to be free from Shia domination. Under confederation, Iraq's national security forces would be disbanded and Iraq's national government would be weakened so neither could be used by one sect to dominate other sects. Free from Shia domination, Sunnis could rebuild their livelihoods and seek government employment in regions self-governed by Sunnis.

8. How can an Iraqi confederation be created?
Iraq's constitution grants provinces the right by majority vote to consolidate into regions to limitedly govern themselves. Iraq's constitution already recognizes three northern provinces as the region of Kurdistan. The fifteen remaining provinces have yet to act on consolidation. America should ask Iraq's Shia government to create a confederation timetable of not longer than twelve months to achieve the following milestones: a) Consolidation of provinces into regions. b) Election of regional officials. c) Agreement on regional oil revenue sharing. d) Reform of De-Baathification laws. e) Recruitment of regional militias. f) Disbandment of national security forces. To compensate for the harm done to Iraq by America's invasion, America would provide reconstruction aid and restitution payments for deaths, injuries, and damages. Upon completion of all confederation milestones, American forces would completely withdraw from Iraq except for a small security force in the American embassy.

To read all 20 questions of the Iraq Confederation Peace Proposal, visit http://www.IraqConfederation.org

I welcome your feedback on and promotion of this proposal.

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