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Danger mounts as failed nation states multiply
Apr 30th, 2016 by Warren Swil

After 100 years,

it’s time to

redraw the map

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad is at the center or untold and unnecessary massive human suffering.

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad is at the center or untold and unnecessary massive human suffering.

During the five years of civil war that has destroyed what once was Syria, the list of failed nation states has dangerously multiplied.
Territories where government is unable to function at even a basic level for most citizens now include Iraq, Libya and Yemen. Others like Afghanistan, Somalia and South Sudan teeter on the precipice.
As the hundredth anniversary of the French-British-Russian pact that carved up the Middle East approaches in May, it is time for a radical, new approach that acknowledges this reality.
In most failed states, partition has become a fact on the ground. The sooner this is politically recognized, the sooner we can find a way out of endless war costing hundreds of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars.


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Frightful implosion of Ottoman Empire remnants accelerates

VANISHING MIDDLE EAST ‘NATION STATES’ POSE THREAT OF CONFLAGRATION
The world spotlight has again turned to the slow-motion implosion of what was once the Ottoman Empire.
The ‘border’ between Iraq and Syria has been effectively erased, and the region is poised on the edge of conflagration. One hundred years of nation-states are coming apart, with dangerous global implications.
The world is powerless to intervene in what has become an epochal earthquake.
There are no easy answers, and those who pose them should be regarded as fools who would plunge us all over the abyss.


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Post-Ottoman map of Middle East must be dumped

STRIFE IN SYRIA THREATENS REGION’S ARTIFICIAL NATION-STATES
It seems as if the remnants of the Ottoman empire created by the British and French colonialists a century ago are imploding as nationalism fails and each country’s internal divisions fissure into armed conflict.
Either the west can stand by idly and watch the region implode, with the death, destruction and global economic fallout that entails, or we can try to contain the damage through cajoling, threats and diplomacy.
Men and women of good conscience everywhere should begin a serious discussion of this vitally important, globally significant development of historic proportions. It is not too late to start the debate.


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A long-term solution for Syria: 40-40-20 partition

MAP MUST BE REDRAWN TO REFLECT REALITIES ON THE GROUND
A proposal slowly gaining currency in the Middle East involves redrawing the boundaries of the modern nation state we know as Syria to more accurately reflect the religious and ethnic realities of the territory.
The political dimensions to such an arrangement are quite favorable.
It is time for a serious discussion of a long-term solution to the current stalemate.


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