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Today, across the region, from Libya to Syria, that structure of authority has collapsed and people are reaching for their older identities – Sunni, Shiite, Kurd.The countries with significant sectarian divides and in which minority groups ruled – Iraq and Syria – became the most vulnerable.Once the old order broke, Iraq's Shiites, who had been suppressed for decades, in some cases brutally, were not likely to sign up to share power easily with their former tormentors.Washington has urged the `hinted that the best outcome would be a new Iraqi government with a broad coalition.The U.S. should recognize that Iraq is turning into a country of enclaves and work to ensure that these regions stay as stable, terror-free and open as is possible.Washington simply has to realize that parts of Iraq are now in it.Countries rich in minorities – such as Iraq – have seen their Christian populations flee or be massacred.
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