Skip to comments.The Observer view on the Kurdish referendum
Posted on 10/01/2017 8:08:28 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
It can be argued that Kurdistans regional government (KRG) was ill advised to hold a referendum last week on creating an independent state. It may be the case that Masoud Barzani, veteran leader of the Kurdish enclave in northern Iraq, is a foolish dreamer whose desire to bequeath a personal legacy has trumped common sense. It is conceivable that, had Barzani backed down, the government in Baghdad would have abandoned decades of hostility to Kurdish aspirations and entered into good-faith negotiations. This is the Middle East, after all. Anything is possible.
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There are good observations in this article. There are also things I disagree strongly with. (I did not like their criticism of the US's ineptness in foreign policy.)
It is worth reading.
No that is not true. The Sunnis kill the Kurds, the Shia kill the Kurds. This was happening even before there was an Iraq. The only way the Kurds will be safe in in their own nation. Otherwise the killing will continue. They will have to fight to become a nation and the real problem is not Iraq's central government but Turkey and Iran. The author of this article is either a propagandist with a political agenda or a complete and total intellectual defect with zero knowledge of history.
I think Barzani knows this.
Israel and SA have both said they supported it. Then Turkey and Iran blew a cork. As expected.
Assad? Very dependent on Iran. And Russia.
I think the Russians are trying to make a place for the Kurds. They have a history of cooperation, but the Kurds know exactly what Russia really is.
Then there is the divide among Kurds. Iraq and Syrian Kurds are very different.
It is complicated.
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