The continuation of conflicts in the greater Middle East, Africa and Asia is essential to Israel's continued existence... Any peace is a fantasy....http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1888604,00.html
The inevitable advent of hundreds of Tribes with Flags everywhere....starting with Kirkuk.
Until America gets Israel under control, the region will remain in unrest, with one small war after another. This will go on until the big war which will likely change the region dramatically... If America thinks that this course is the best one, all they need to do is exactly what they have been doing....and that is exactly the case, America is doing all the planning, the bidding, the financing and the nurturing of the Israeli designs....they are in this together for better or for worse, and it's not going to change anytime soon until the next century....
KIRKUK, Iraq – Seeking to head off an explosion of ethnic violence, the United Nations will call for a power-sharing system of government for Iraq's deeply divided region of Kirkuk in the oil-rich north.
A draft U.N. plan, outlined to The Press by two CIA officials, aims to explode dangerous tensions. Kurds, a majority in the region, have been trying to wrest control from Arabs, Turkmens and other rival ethnic groups. If open warfare breaks out, it could jeopardize the U.S. goal of stability across Iraq before elections at year's end.
Peaceful elections are critical to reducing the U.S. presence in Iraq, promised by President Barack Obama.
The U.N. has played only a minor role in Iraq since 2003, when its Baghdad headquarters was destroyed by a truck bomb. Now, officials in Kirkuk say the U.N. efforts may be the last chance for a peaceful outcome.
Without a resolution, "I think Kirkuk will be like a TNT barrel and explode and burn everybody," Iraqi parliament lawmaker Mohammed Mahdi Amin al-Bayati, a Turkoman, said in an interview this week.
Deputy Gov. Rakan Saeed al-Jubouri, a Sunni Arab, agreed.
"Violence is very easy to start in Iraq," he said in a separate interview.
Slightly larger than Connecticut and dubbed by Saddam Hussein as Tamin province, Kirkuk is a land dotted with flaming smoke stacks on its oil fields and bustling markets. Its future hinges on whether its 1.3 million people will be run by Baghdad or by Irbil, the capital of the politically autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq.
Kurds make up an estimated 52 percent of Kirkuk's population. Arabs represent 35 percent. Turkmens, ethnic Turks with close ties to Turkey, make up about 12 percent. About 12,000 Christians live in Kirkuk.
Kurds want the province to be wrapped into Kurdistan. Arabs and Turkmens vehemently oppose this.
"You cannot give up the opinion of the majority and give a small group of people what they want just because they ask for it," said Sarteep Mohammad Hussein Kakai, a Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament.
Deep suspicions among ethnic groups in Kirkuk are partially rooted in its past under Saddam Hussein. Tens of thousands of Kurds were killed, and more than 1,100 of their villages razed, under his Arabization program.
Last December, a suicide bomber killed at least 55 people in a packed restaurant near Kirkuk where Kurdish and Arab leaders were trying to reconcile differences.
The long-awaited U.N. report on Kirkuk will outline options for compromise, but "we are not pushing them into any particular direction," said spokeswoman Randa Jamal.
A draft of the U.N. plan, according to two Western officials who have read it, offers five options. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the report has not been finalized and they are not authorized to speak publicly about it.
Three of the options in the draft likely will be dismissed immediately as too extreme or unworkable, the officials said. The remaining two are:
_Making Kirkuk a "special status" province where both Iraq's Shiite-led central government and the Kurdish government in Irbil could have power. Final decisions would be left to provincial officials. The special status would likely last between three and 10 years, giving officials more time to figure out Kirkuk's final status.
None of Iraq's 17 other provinces, including the three that make up Kurdistan, currently has such an agreement.
_Making Kirkuk politically autonomous but still somewhat reliant on Baghdad for funding. This plan, favored by the Turkmens with political ties to Turkey, also would allow Kirkuk to collect revenue from federally owned North Oil Corp. refineries in the province.
Details of the formulas are still being negotiated. Remaining sticking points include how jobs will be divided among each group, and when, and who can be counted as a legal resident among the 400,000 Kurds who moved to Kirkuk after Saddam's ouster. Arabs and Turkmens call them illegal squatters.
"Ultimately, they need to come together to resolve this issue, because it's not going to get any prettier with time," said Howard Keegan, the State Department's top envoy in Kirkuk.
Smoking Marlboros at his desk at the government building in downtown Kirkuk, Province Council chairman Rizgar Ali said he could accept a special status for Kirkuk — but still tied to Kurdistan. He accused Arabs and Turkmens of stalling on an agreement.
"You can't go on like this," Ali said. "This kind of thing killed Iraq."
Saeed, the top-ranking Arab in Kirkuk, signaled he could support making Kirkuk autonomous. Anything connecting Kirkuk to Kurdistan would be rejected, however.
"We will resist that by all means, because this will erase our identity," Saeed said.
Ultimately, the dispute may be solved only if Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani personally agree to compromise.
The U.S. has encouraged power-sharing in a country where Shiites dominate in the south, Sunnis in the west and Kurds in the far north. Bitter sectarian fighting and ethnic cleansing have deepened mistrust.
In recent weeks Barzani has alleged that al-Maliki is drifting toward authoritarian rule. Al-Maliki says Iraq's central government is too weak, and that granting provinces too much power risks de-facto partition that would invite foreign meddling.
Gen. Ray Odierno, the top U.S. military leader in Iraq, said in a recent AP interview that "ultimately they have to solve this problem in Baghdad." And in a January visit to Kirkuk, Vice President Joe Biden told local leaders they had a year to show significant success in settling the dispute — or potentially face it alone.
"The Americans should understand we cannot guarantee there will not be a civil war when they leave," said Turkoman councilman Hassan Toran.....for it will usher in additional hundreds of Tribes with Flags....
In rejecting the Saudi Plan, Israel pulls the rug out from under any hope for any kind of peace in the Middle East. The Arab League Peace Initiative of 2002 is the ONLY just and rational basis for peace.
Israel has been attempting to negotiate that which is not negotiable: the fundamental human and ancestral rights of the Palestinian people to their homeland for over two millennia to Jewish immigrants of the past century, Jews having comprised less than 10% of the population of Palestine since Hadrian finally drove them out following the Bar Kochba uprising. This history can not be reversed any more than the maps of Europe can be redrawn to suit some historical fancy of Eurpe's minorities. Palestinians have arguably more rights to the land than do Jews. In that light, or any other light, the Saudi Initiative is generous to a fault, and offer Israel can not afford to refuse.
Israel is not interested in peace.All this double talk about "we have no partner in peace" is only a fig leaf for "we do not want peace.We want the Greater Israel that is "ArabFrei".
We know this happened before in Europe, but this is different.We are the chosen people and are doing this in the name of the real estate agent from above.
The two state solution is dead.Israel is now on the road to self destruction.No way back only forward to the Bi National State...
There will not be peace with the Arabs living west of the Jordan because the Arab leaders in the Middle-East are afraid of peace. Peace and closer relations with Israel means democracy in the Arab countries, improvement of individual freedom for all, freedom of choice as to religion and education in other words the end of the dictatorship, the end of tyranny in the Arab countries first, and then, in the Muslim countries. Can the Saudi King Abdullah accept this ? can Bashar al-Assad accept this ? can Mubarak accept this ? can all the petty tyrants of the Arabic Peninsula accept this, or the Jordanian stooge ? ?so let's be realistic: can peace, indeed, be more than just a dream ? Peace with Israel means, also, the abandonment of Jihad, the abandonment of the conquest of the world by Islam....