donderdag, juli 22, 2004

Kurds 'in the gym, getting ready for civil war'

Salon.com News | Rage and danger in Kurdistan

"...with their future in the new Iraq so uncertain, and their old pal the U.S. so unreliable, the Kurds feel more isolated than ever. Control of Kirkuk ('the city of black gold,' Rozbayani called it) represents their best chance for a strong position in the new Iraq. 'If Iraq doesn't return Kirkuk, it could cause civil war,' Hady told me that afternoon in his office.

A Kurdish-American I met doing business in Iraq put it another way. 'Trust me,' he said. 'They are going to the gym. They are getting ready.'"

The sole aspect of the late Christopher Hitchens' pro-war argument that wasn't blunderingly easy to rebut was his point about the Kurds - the happy, happy Kurds who, under America's protection, according to him, had democracy, freedom and prosperity. Now, in truth, while I do know Kurds who were and still are opposed to the war, it's true that most other Kurds I know (who agreed with me on almost every other issue) were robustly in favour. What this article does uselfully expose is the disatisfaction in Iraqi Kurdistan, and the level of poverty, unemployment and underdevelopment there - all of which Christopher 'To hell with the PKK now, I've got to sell this shit to the Weekly Standard' Hitchens regularly fails to mention. Added to that, according to the Salon reporter, is that the Kurds are more than anxious about their patron's potential abandonment of them to the hands of their other, more important ally, Turkey, and, as the above quote mentions, are readying themselves for the worst. (According to another article in the New Yorker by Seymour Hersh, they are being aided in this by Israeli agents, who are in turn using the Kurds to shit-disturb in Iran and Syria. Which, obviously, makes so much sense. 'I know! The Yankees fucked us over for years supporting Saddam and Turkey, so let's support them now, and when they fuck us over again, let's turn to the Israelis, until they fuck us over, at which point we should then bend over for...')