Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Iraqis Pass Federalism Bill

Here's another bit of news I must have missed.
BAGHDAD (AFP) -- Parliament approved a law Wednesday to allow referendums to create federal regions within Iraq. Sunni leaders have strenuously opposed the measure, fearing that it could lead to the breakup of Iraq into a Kurdish region in the north, a Shiite area in the south and a Sunni area in the west. That would leave the Kurds and Shiites with oil revenue but not the Sunnis. The Kurdish north already has de facto self- rule.
I understand the opposition to everybody else getting the "booty" from oil. But you know, it might not be a bad idea for the Iraqis to create "states", then counties within the states. DC has learned all too well how share the wealth of the taxpayers in one state with the "gimmees" in another. I've no doubt, given time, the infant democracy in Iraq could learn this tactic too. Just a thought.