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Reader’s Comment of the Day: Time to redraw the map of the Middle East


In response to TCW Says: Cameron is right to bomb Islamic State. But he needs a strategy for a lasting peace, Barry Sheridan wrote:

Finding any solution to the Syrian civil war is at the moment impossible, certainly any bombing by Britain will neither hinder nor help because no one has any idea what to do once the so-called Islamic State (Isis) has been temporarily silenced.

Thanks to decades of Saudi propaganda the Islamic schism which exists mainly between majority Sunni and minority Shia and assorted others has created irreconcilable differences that will not subside by using explosives.

The only way out of this conflict is to redraw national boundaries and move populations so that homogenous groups end up living together. This will see the Kurds gaining nationhood, one largely hived off from northern Iraq with a sliver of eastern Turkey. Given the antipathy for Christianity in the Middle East today Lebanon will become wholly Christian, perhaps absorbing Yazidis, while Syria and western Iraq face division into two or even three separate nations.

To the east Sunni’s will gather while Shia and Alawite will gather in the west. No such solution can survive with the Palestinians continually trying to kill Jews so as part of this comprehensive plan they must be gathered together and moved out of Gaza and the West Bank to become part of the Syrian sub-division, perhaps to the south.

Gaza itself defaults back to Israel, the West Bank to Jordan with Jerusalem becoming an open city. This can only be accomplished by the international community working together to force a solution. Securing this might mean demanding of those who only want to kill that they recognise that be the individual a Jew, a Christian, a Sunni or a Shia that they are entitled to live in peace, if there are groups who cannot concede to this then they had better prepare to die, for the world will be better off without them.

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