Don’t Partition Iraq Along Ethnic Lines

The British and French entrenched divisions in the Middle East by dividing territory along ethnic and religious lines, kick-starting long-term suffering and hatred. So why do that to Iraq?

Over the past few weeks, graphic artists have been busy creating ever-flashier graphics and eye-catching icons of Iraq that reflect the so-called religio-ethnic division in the country. This cartographic representation of Iraq— roughly, a Kurdish one in the north, a Sunni one in the middle and a Shi’ite one in the south—has become so common, so normalized an image, that we have stopped questioning the...