Iraq and NATO

I have just read a most beautiful post. Iraq wants to join NATO. My heart soared when I saw that. Free people NATURALLY coalesce around NATO for mutual protection. It was great to read the comments too. Comments by free people welcoming other free people into the fold. Actually, when Zeyad first started blogging, I sent him an email asking him if he wanted to join NATO. In practice though, I think Iraq will have to spend a lot of time in NATO's Partnership for Peace rather than being a full member of NATO (including veto power). Basically because we need to be able to predict Iraq's reaction to crises, in order to be able to trust them to not use their veto power. And basically that means we can't continue to see a sectarian Iraqi parliament. Iraq needs to develop a 2-party system based on a left/right split so that we can predict the behaviour in the centre. On the other hand, it's not that bad that Iraq can veto NATO's actions as it will help ensure that NATO doesn't pose a threat to Russia, as external actions are increasingly likely to be vetoed.

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