History suggests only theres only a couple ways to keep together a country driven by sectarian strife. And its not to put American troops into a city of 6.2 million people to try to quell a civil war. Throughout history four things have worked. You occupy the country for a generation or more. Thats not in our DNAwere not the Persian Empire or the British Empire. You install a dictator. Wouldnt that be the ultimate irony for the United Statesto go back after taking one down and install another one? You let them fight it out until one side massacres the otherthats not an option in that tinderbox part of the world. Or lastly, you make federalism work for the Iraqis. You give them control over the fabric of their daily lives. You separate the parties. You give them breathing room. Let them control their local police, their education, their religion and marriage. Who said this? Anyone know? Here's a hint: it wasn't a Republican.