Can We all Get Along?
My op-ed, Conquering the divide (about Sunni-Shiite divisions), appeared in the Guardian yesterday.
I conclude, Iraq’s future very much depends on whether the Sunni Arabs and Kurds will prove able to accommodate themselves to it, and whether the Shia can and will allay their fears of a tyranny of the Shia majority. Although the interim constitution, with its major concessions to the Kurds and other minorities, has been signed, the wrangling is not over. The issue of a minority veto over constitutional amendments will be revisited when the permanent constitution is written in 2005, by the elected parliament. As big a threat as the bombs posed to communal harmony in Iraq, any inability to make the necessary political compromises would be far more fatal.