Too many Kurds have died as a result of such justice for Arabs only
double standards. The Foggy Folks have already repeatedly told stateless Kurds
that they dare not dream of the same thing that those very same Foggy Folks
demand for Arabs...independence. There is no American-sponsored roadmap for the Kurds. But, in the Arabs' case, state #22--and second, not first, one to be created for them in "
"--is considered a must.
The Sunni Arab approach to the Kurds is
well known and represents typical Arab murderous, racist, and subjugating
attitudes towards Kurds (and others as well) even prior to the rise of the Baath
. Shi'a Arabs--while temporarily in need of the Kurds to help balance
suicide/homicide-bombing Sunnis--offer Kurds a long-term future not much better.
exists the picture, expect this situation to rapidly deteriorate.
The Kurds adjusted to the absence of a
Kurdish roadmap by promises of meaningful autonomy in a
. Those promises, too, however, are not written in concrete, and the State
Department continues to treat its most loyal friend and ally in Iraq not much
better than the British did in an earlier era: It uses and abuses them...done
not to anger Arabs, but also to not anger Turks who fear what an adjacent,
independent Kurdistan might mean for their own huge Kurdish populations.
While these Turkish fears must be positively addressed, they cannot dictate
Kurdish destiny. The existence of an independent, Muslim Albania did not stop
from promoting the cause of Muslim Kosovar Albanians at the expense of Serbs.
Or promoting the cause of another state
for Arabs in
at the expense of the Jews and their sole, tiny, vulnerable state, etc., etc.,
and so forth.
So, here's the deal.
will probably be out of
within two years. The current civil war will expand and will increasingly
pit Sunni Arabs against Shi'a Arabs. Which brings me back to non-nation nations.
Kurds deserve a fate better than having to
be tied to murderous Arab chauvinists of any stripe. While Sunnis and the Shi'a
blow each other apart, leaders of both are on record denying Kurdish aspirations
to equality. The Shi'a have been trying to nix the federalist promises and seek
to create an "Islamic Republic."
must reject the Foggy and Big Oil-dictated policies of the past and insure
that before it leaves the scene this time, the Kurds won't have to pay the
piper yet again. Arab leaders have already declared that the Kurds will be
targeted, since they have continuously been the staunchest supporters of
There are a number of ways that we can
Instead of demanding the integration of
Kurdish forces into an "Iraqi"--i.e. Arab-dominated--army,
could allow Kurds the ability to better defend themselves. We do this for
numerous Arab regimes who still have
in their sights.
It's time, for example, for Kurds to have
air squadrons stationed in their own areas manned by Kurdish pilots, and for the
establishment of a Kurdish armored corps as well. If all goes well--and
this depends upon the Arabs, not the Kurds--these units will be local, national
guard-type forces contributing to the overall security of a unified, federal
. But, if history repeats itself, and the Arabs seek revenge (as has been
already promised) against
's best friends, the Kurds will have the means to defend themselves. This is the
can do for a people who truly deserve a roadmap but
still declares to be unworthy. This would be the best choice, since it would
involve minimal American forces stationed in
Another tempting alternative involves the
establishment of major American air and other military bases in Iraqi
Kurdistan--similar to Incirlik in
. This would have several benefits. For one thing, it would help ease the fears
of the Turks that Iraqi Kurds will in some way "infect" Turkish Kurds.
And it will send a message to the Arabs to keep their hands off of the Kurds as
well. Arab tanks, helicopters, and fighter bombers are less likely to attack
Kurdish villages with American forces stationed nearby. And it gives
a valuable presence in a strategically important region at a time when that
same American presence is increasingly unwelcome elsewhere. The disadvantage is
that it will make the Kurds even more hated in the long run by the Arabs...so
must make this a long term commitment and must be willing to turn over
such bases to the Kurds themselves if it ever withdraws. Or, it could follow my
first suggestion and at least create Kurdish air and armored corps before
closing such bases.
Minds better than my own may come up
with other ways to deal with this issue. But one thing is certain...
must not repeat its shameful policies of the past which have treated our
Kurdish friends worse than Arabs who deliberately blow us apart. The same State
Department, which rejected the Jews' right to a state in 1948, continues to see
justice only through Arab eyes regarding the Kurds as well.
It will take an American President strong
enough to oppose the Foggy Folks to
accomplish this. Unfortunately, the man now in office (whom I voted for),
is intimately tied to Arab oil interests--as are some of his closest friends,
James Baker in particular. Baker's law firm represents the Saudis. Dubya has already backed off from at least implied assurances given to
in April 2004 regarding a quid pro quo in terms of
withdrawal...and for similar reasons.
's soul is at stake here.
It's time for the media, academia, and
other would-be sources of ethical enlightenment to speak up as loudly and
forcefully for Kurds as they have done for the creation of the Arabs' 22nd
state. It's time for the Kurdish cause to constantly make the editorials and the
news the same way that of the Arabs has. And it's time for the American Congress
to make demands as well.
It will cause lasting harm to the
if the State Department and those tied to Big Oil are allowed to
stain our nation's honor yet again with the blood of the Kurds
It's time for America to illustrate,
far better than it has up until now, how to treat a friend...in this
case, friends who have willingly endangered their own lives even further by
allying themselves to us.
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