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Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraq city of Mosul, June 11, 2014.
Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraq city of Mosul, June 11, 2014.
(REUTERS)

A scary idea: Is it time to remap the Mideast?

The outlines of a partitioned Iraq have been apparent for almost a decade now. As Sunni turned on Shiite, and Kurds moved to hive off a state of their own, in the fire of post-Saddam Hussein Iraq, the questions came fast: could these peoples ever again live together in peace? Should they?

A lull in the fighting – and it was only that – let those questions go unanswered.