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July 22, 2008

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JHM

Even worse would be if the decision drives Kurds to now demand the implementation of Article 140 (the constitutionally mandated but deeply contentious referendum on the status of Kirkuk and disputed areas), an issue which the UN has been painstakingly negotiating for many months to avoid disaster.

Now there is Glory for you: to actually go by the Khalílzád Konstitution would lead straight to ‘disaster’!

Happy days.

alex

I don't think I would fear a Kurdish walkout as much as you do. The Kurds have been overplaying their hand for some time now, and I think the leaders like Talabani are beginning to sense it. A confrontation would not necessarily suit them. Or, perhaps, looking at things the other way round, it is the revival of Iraqi nationalism which is balancing things out better in the country.

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