Nouri Maliki

How giving the Sunnis a country could defeat Islamic State

To the editor: When Max Boot offers a diplomatic policy instead of a militaristic one, it warrants consideration. Yes, attracting Sunnis away from Islamic State could split the caliphate as well as create its replacement. ("Islamic State's Achilles' heel: Its Sunni identity," Op-Ed, Nov. 22)

In 2006, then-Sen. Joe Biden proposed dividing fractious Iraq into three independent nations for Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis. The Bush administration instead favored the creation of a central government in Baghdad with Shiite Nouri Maliki as the prime...