September 19, 2005


Kurds dream of real power (Sami Moubayed, 9/20/05, Asia Times)

Kurds living in countries such as Syria,Turkey and Iran now dare to dream as they observe the new-found privileges their brothers in Iraq now enjoy. But theirs is a much harder battle.

It took an American invasion of Iraq to open the door to the freedoms now enjoyed by Kurds in that country. Their fellow Kurds face other unique obstacles and circumstances in the countries they live in. And though they see Iraqi Kurds as their benchmark to greater freedom, they all have different views of how their futures might look. Whatever autonomy they envision in the short term, most see such freedoms as a stepping stone to a real Kurdistan.

The Kurds of Syria have long complained that many of them were deprived of their citizenship in a controversial census conducted by the pre-Ba'ath regime of president Nazim al-Qudsi in 1962. Since then, Syrian Kurds have been demanding citizenship, rather than autonomy like their brothers in Iraq. In March 2004, wanting to make their voice heard, they rioted throughout Syria, vandalizing private and public property.

Support for Kurdish self-determination in Syria is an easy way to turn the screws on the regime.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 19, 2005 12:00 AM

Our friends the Turks could help.

Posted by: Genecis at September 19, 2005 11:44 AM

Perhaps it's an idea whose time has come.

But if you're gonna do it, US troops are going to have to defend 'em from Syria and/or Turkey and/or Iran and/or, possibly, Iraq.

For a long, long time.

It's nothing personal, mind you. It's just the neighborhood.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at September 19, 2005 1:28 PM

Where's the downside to having Syria and Iran give us a pretext for war?

Posted by: oj at September 19, 2005 1:35 PM

We already have a pretext, for both. But we prefer to take the high road and let 'em topple by their own good selves. (Til we realize they need a bit of a push.)

Sort of like Saddam, I guess.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at September 19, 2005 1:44 PM

Saddam had to invade Kuwait before we dealt with him.

Posted by: oj at September 19, 2005 3:00 PM