The American occupation of and departure from Iraq has little bearing on how or whether Iraqis will resolve ancient political rifts, Christopher Hill ’74 argues in his latest commentary for Project Syndicate.
“Iraq’s political problems are of Iraq’s making, and need to be resolved by Iraqis. Outside mediation can help. But no one should be under the illusion that foreign troops, engaged for eight years as a post-invasion occupying force, are ideal for this task,” he writes. Hill, a former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia, says Iraq’s political leaders must “rise to the occasion” to quell tensions between Sunnis and Shias, and that other predominantly Sunni Arab states can help by accepting Shia majority rule in Iraq.