October 12, 2017

Word: The Kurds should be independent

Bernard Henri-Levy, Foreign Policy - The timidity of the international community in the face of the Sept. 25 referendum on an independent Kurdistan is a trifecta of shame, absurdity, and historic miscalculation.

We are talking about a people who have been deported, Arabized by force, gassed, and pushed into the mountains where, for a century, they have mounted an exemplary resistance to the tyranny their Baghdad masters successively imposed on them in defiance of geography and of the Kurds’ thousand years of history.

Theirs is a region that finally gained autonomy with the fall of Saddam Hussein — a region that, when the tsunami of the Islamic State crashed over Mesopotamia in 2014 and the Iraqi Army took flight, was the first to organize a counteroffensive. Since then, over a front 600 miles long, the Iraqi Kurds held off the barbarians and thus saved Kurdistan, Iraq, and our shared civilization.

And it is the Kurds again who, in the run-up to the battle of Mosul, went on the offensive on the Plains of Nineveh, opened the gates to the city, and, through their courage, enabled the coalition to strike at the heart of the Islamic State.

But now that the time has come to settle up, the United States remains stubbornly opposed to the referendum, urging the Kurds to put off their aspirations for independence to an indeterminate date in the future. Instead of thanking the Kurds, the world is telling them, with thinly veiled cynicism, “Sorry, Kurdish friends, you were so useful in confronting Islamic terror, but, uh, your timing is not so good. We don’t need you anymore, so why don’t you just go on home? Thanks, again — see you next time.”


Bill Hicks said...

Kurdish independence is none of America's business either way. Thinking we can dictate whether it is achieved is yet another example of our monumental hubris and arrogance.

Anonymous said...

a bit surprised to read you are falling for it, sam. it's just a ploy to weaken Iran, Iraq, and Syria so the psychopaths running militarism and neoliberalism in amurdica absurdica can keep having their way with the world.


Anonymous said...

Political self-determination is one of the call-outs in the UN Charter.

What generally-accepted principle supports it for some but not for all? Bet there isn't one.

greg gerritt said...

The Kurds are the largest ethnicity on the planet without their own country. It is more than time to rectify this ancient mistake.