Mind you, it took 12 years.
Richard Foltz on the CBC’s Day 6 radio programme, Feb. 19th, 2016:
“There is no such thing as Iraq any more. There are three states, which are operating independently of each other.” (@ 3:25)
(As one of a set of possible outcomes in Iraq:) “US troops are out, and Iraq has broken up into three countries — Kurdistan, “Iraq” (the Sunni enclave), and… Let’s call it Basrastan (the Shi’ite enclave). Basrastan would be an Islamic theocracy (again). Kurdistan may or may not be at war with Turkey. “Iraq” would have no oil, probably be secular, and possibly authoritarian again.”
The lesson? While it isn’t 100% reliable, it’s unwise to bet against Leopold Kohr and The Breakdown of Nations.