Creative Destruction

December 11, 2006

Use Iraq in a Two-State Solution to the Palestinian Situation

Filed under: Uncategorized — Robert @ 3:22 am

Let’s kill two birds with one stone.

Let’s give the Palestinians a state in the middle of Iraq. Give it a nice big infusion of US dollars and US infrastructure, and then let it govern itself internally as an autonomous statelet akin to Lesotho under the old South African regime. Invite the other Arab nations to send material support to this new Palestine as it grows and prospers.

In the rest of Iraq, this provides a new source for desperately needed national unity: the new, hated Palestinian minority.  Since the Palestinians will mostly be hundreds of miles away, the dislike can be merely cordial and expressed in violent soccer games. Any Palestinians who are honestly anti-Semitic will be highly pleased at the relative absence of Jews.

The Iraqis will of course be very angry at us for doing this. This is actually good for us, because it might replace some of their anger at us for effectively trashing their country. On the other hand, if we pitch the deal right, they might end up not hating it so much. Surely we’d have to buy an awful lot of land from an awful lot of people – perhaps people who wouldn’t mind getting a good market price for land they currently don’t want to live on. That makes a little more room for the Palestinians, too, and means that they aren’t going to arrive to an empty desert. And I’m sure the government of Iraq could see the benefit of a bunch of US-built infrastructure in the middle of the country.

In Israel, the Israelis and whichever Palestinians decide to throw their lot in with the hated Jewish oppressor will be happy. Presumably enough Palestinians will stay for the sake of their jobs that the region won’t be thrown into economic chaos, but I imagine they will manage. Since I assume that any Palestinian who honestly hates the Jews will toddle off to the new homeland, hopefully terrorism and violence there will be greatly reduced.

Other than the cost to us, I can’t see a downside.



  1. Is it April 1st already?

    Comment by Daran — December 11, 2006 @ 3:37 am | Reply

  2. Where’s the snark tag?

    Any policy proposal that has “as an autonomous statelet akin to Lesotho under the old South African regime” in the first paragraph just has to suck.

    Comment by ohwilleke — December 11, 2006 @ 4:17 am | Reply

  3. Any policy proposal that has “as an autonomous statelet akin to Lesotho under the old South African regime” in the first paragraph just has to suck.

    Any policy proposal that says, “Let’s create a new State in the Middle East against the will of the people already living there” just has to suck.

    It sucks. Either Robert is trolling us by pretending to be a Wingnut, or he’s not trolling us…

    Comment by Daran — December 11, 2006 @ 6:34 am | Reply

  4. Iraq isn’t ours to give. How about Denver? You wouldn’t mind relocating in the interest of world peace, would you?

    Comment by Dianne — December 11, 2006 @ 10:30 am | Reply

  5. I wouldn’t particularly mind. Hey, I was gonna move anyway.

    Not sure how this is a “wingnut” idea, Daran. The wingnut idea would be “announce that the region will be peaceful effective 1/1/07. use tactical or strategic nuclear arms to change the status of any remaining non-peaceful areas on that date.”

    Of course this plan sucks. All actions we can take in the Middle East suck (including the nuke-all-dissent plan).

    Comment by Robert — December 11, 2006 @ 1:53 pm | Reply

  6. The problem is that the current fucked-up situation is less of fault of either Palestinians or Israelis but more of fault of other Arab states that will do, and have done, pretty much everything in their power to actively prevent Palestinians from finding new homes outside Israel.

    In short, Israel-hating Arab nations are actively working to keep Palestinians as a thorn in Israels’ flesh, and use the plight of Palestinians to justify the said hate.

    Comment by Tuomas — December 11, 2006 @ 6:26 pm | Reply

  7. Right. So let’s take away their trump card by moving the Palestinians to land that we control, and let the other Arab countries fuck off.

    Comment by bobhayes — December 11, 2006 @ 7:27 pm | Reply

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