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[casi] constructing inter-communal divides?

Dear All,

Positions on the current Iraqi 'governing' Council and its off-shoots are
being distributed according to religio-ethnic quotas, so the various
communities that make up Iraq are - ideally - all represented, according to
their relative size. The International Crisis Group has been warning since
January at least, of such approaches, as they risk constructing or
cementing such divides, with potentially very dangerous consequences.

I would be very curious to hear what are the views of Iraqis in Iraq, and
the experts among us, on this: are communal divides really being made and
cemented in today's Iraq, to what extent to CPA/UN/NGO policies contribute
to or detract from this, and how dangerous is this, in the current reality,
in terms of inter-communal violence? Are the current developments tending
rather towards divide and conflict, or towards finally giving those long
excluded from power a voice, which could relieve rather than create


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