JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: IRAQ’S KURDS – MY DISSECTION OF A PATHETIC ARTICLE BY THE GUARDIAN’S SIMON TISDALL PROMOTING THEIR INDEPENDENCE AND USING THE KIND OF WORDS THE PENTAGON MIGHT SUGGEST   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY SIMON TISDALL IN THE GUARDIAN

“The Kurds of Iraq have been loyal allies. The west must repay its debt”
Kurdish independence is under threat from powerful neighbours. The west should not stand by and see this dream of self-rule crushed

Loyal allies? Loyal to what? American imperialism in the region? Debt for what? For helping America make a bloody mess of the place?

‘…the Kurds have proven loyal and valuable allies in the struggle against Islamic State”

What struggle with ISIS is the writer talking about?

The real one involving Syria and Russia or the shadow-play version involving the US and its coalition?

Yes, the US finally did some real bombing, after a few years of fake bombing, against ISIS in the last little while, but that was really only in preparation for its fallback plans in the region, having failed in Syria with its support for folks like ISIS and Al-Nusra.

There is nothing heroic or principled or even ethical in the American effort. And use of that loaded and outdated term, “the West” is just an appeal to sentiments from the Cold War that have no application here.

We should be grateful for an invasion which killed about a million people and destroyed a prosperous state for a generation? I don’t think so, but I’m sure Tony Blair agrees.

It did pretty much manage to destroy Iraq, and Iraq’s being split into mini-states was anticipated years ago in an expert book.

You see, the US wants to separate the truncated Iraq from its oil in the Kurdish area. It also wants to put this oil at the disposal of Israel. And it wants the Kurds in Syria to join in, truncating that state too.

The author is right that the Kurds have been badly treated, for sure, but one of those historically mistreating them was the US itself. Henry Kissinger succeeded in getting them to revolt against Saddam with promises and aid. When Saddam ruthlessly suppressed them, the US just watched.

I normally support referendums, but this one has no legitimacy. You see, Iraq is still occupied. Its affairs are manipulated, the US having built a fortress-like embassy/CIA operations center there which is the largest in the region. A vote has no legitimacy under those conditions.

Moreover, the combination of Turkey, Iran, and Syria are going to make it very hard for such a state to succeed. They each have their own reasons for opposing it.

By the way, if loyal allies” automatically deserve something, then the subsidized and trained mercenaries posed as radical Muslims of ISIS and al-Nusra surely also deserve something?

Lunacy begets only more lunacy.

Posted September 28, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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