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3/11/2005

Let's make a Deal

The Shiite-Kurdish deal calls on the government to begin discussion on the return of about 100,000 Kurds to the oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk and talks about redrawing existing Kurdish regions to include the city in Iraq's new constitution.

It also gives the Kurds just one major Cabinet post - one less than they demanded - in return for making one of their leaders, Jalal Talabani, Iraq's first-ever Kurdish president. One ministry will go to the country's Sunni Arab minority.

The Kurds agreed to back conservative Islamic Daawa party leader Ibrahim al-Jaafari for prime minister.

As part of the deal, any land agreement will be incorporated into the country's new constitution, which must be drafted by mid-August and approved by referendum two months later.
daily star
Brokerage politics at its finest. As Glenn Reynolds keeps pointing out, democracy is a process. part of that process is making deals. Kirkuk, "Sunnized" by Uncle Cuddles at the great cost of the Kurds is an issue which had to be resolved.

It looks like it is a deal which recognizes the Kurd's outrage at their displacement as well as the centrality of Kirkuk to the oil wealth of Iraq. The oil goes to the nation, the land to the Kurds. Not bad, not bad at all.

Just don't try it in Alberta.