While there may be hard choices in Iraq, military intervention in that nation is not warranted considering the role that Iran has played in supporting the government of Prime Minister Nouri Kamal al-Maliki ("Hard choice in Iraq," June 16). Certainly, the international community including the U.S. has made tragic mistakes in the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, but only minimal diplomatic intervention for the time being should be considered. The obvious solution at the present is to withdraw from the now escalating war between Shiites and Sunnis, particularly in light of the more radical elements gaining control. Since boundaries of many of the countries in the Middle East were arbitrarily set by colonial powers without consideration of the inter-Muslim conflict, they should be adjusted to realize present realities.

With certain reservations, we then should encourage the redrawing of borders in that region with independent Kurdish, Sunni and Shiite nations. The major potential problem would be Baghdad which has little connection to either the Sunni or Shiite religion but where both groups live in separate sections. A barrier separating the two with individual capitals if desired would be a resolution of the problem. If two people cannot live together, physical separation is the only solution, and hopefully we can play a role.

Nelson Marans, Silver Spring

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