In reality, the Iraqi borders had been arbitrarily drawn and disregarded 2,000 years of tribal, sectarian, and nomadic occupation.
Many of the others were arbitrarily sentenced under similar charges of “acting” or “conspiring” against national security.
(Note the arbitrarily rough edges on two sides of this drawing, versus the clean cuts of the others).
early 15c., "deciding by one's own discretion," from Old French arbitraire (14c.) or directly from Latin arbitrarius "depending on the will, uncertain," from arbiter (see arbiter). The original meaning gradually descended to "capricious" and "despotic" (1640s). Related: Arbitrarily; arbitrariness.