IRAQ Solution: Ceasefire Followed by a U.N. Negotiated Reconfiguration
The best solution for Iraq is to further refine the territorial reconfiguration, and form agreements, on the hard violent partition that has already taken place. There is no point opposing the inevitable, as the Kurds have already stated they are not leaving Kirkuk, and the Sunnis are not all leaving northwestern Iraq. So why not help the three major factions to work out a fair and natural partition into Sunni, Shia, and Kurdish sectors?
Supporting a unified Iraq perpetuates the fighting, as neither Sunnis nor Kurds want a unified Iraq. We must aid the current Iraqi government not to wage war against the Sunni’s, but to reconfigure Iraq to a consensus structure with natural ethnic, religious, tribal, and political boundaries. A global call and offer of reconfiguration could be floated to ISIS (with Shia and Kurdish consent) to initially get a formal ceasefire. A key condition to the ceasefire would be to agree on an Iraqi Reconfiguration team that would immediately set up meetings to hear all interested parties and to document all positions—including demands, grievances, and suggestions.
The Iraq Reconfiguration team should consist of all countries with direct borders with Iraq (Tier-1), including the following, as well as the U.N. and any other parties (Tier-2) that can show enough value and interest to the proceedings. Tier-2 countries would take part only at the request of a Tier-1 majority. The U.N. should administer the reconfiguration process throughout.
Iraq Reconfiguration Team Governance
Iraq Reconfiguration Team : Tier-1 (Direct Borders)
- Kurdish Regional Government
- Saudi Arabia
Iraq Reconfiguration Team: Tier-2 (No Border, Sufficient Value)
Of course, there are many cities and areas within Iraq that are extremely diverse, Baghdad being the best but not only example. Do all these people really hate each other? Probably not, but they are all justifiably frightened and susceptible to mob action and violence. Do all these people want to live together? Some yes, some no.
If a formal ceasefire is achieved, then those that want to move to another area would be free to do so under no threat of violence. Over time people could migrate to an area that is safest and best for their future, further reducing the friction. A partitioned Iraq would at least have hope for so many that have been through so much.
Sincerely, Admiral Rudolph Flügelhorn
Admiral Rudolph Flügelhorn