I'm interested in all your viewpoints about this issue. If you have 2 (or more) groups within a country, and there is conflict between different areas, under what conditions is it appropriate for these different areas within a nation settle their problems, and under what conditions is it appropriate for these groups within a nation to split off into seperate countries. The position of the US government now is (obviously) to keep Iraq as one whole nation, even though the Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds would probabally all be happy with each having their own autonomous nations where they are totally in control. Similarly, during the civil war, millions of people died to preserve the Union. However, China is seriously considering the idea of passing an anti-seccession act to make sure that Taiwan stays part of China, even though the Taiwanese mostly want independence, and it seems that the US government is on the side of Taiwanese independence. So where do you think two divergant groups should hammer out their differences, and when should they just split up?