January 14, 2006

THE KURDS ARE THE WAY:

Kurds Emerging As Iraqi Arbitrators (SCHEHEREZADE FARAMARZI, 1/14/06, AP)

Once an oppressed minority under Saddam Hussein, the Kurds of Iraq's north are now the kingmakers, hosting a string of visiting politicians from Sunni Arab and Shiite Muslim factions for consultations on shaping a future government.

The Dec. 15 national elections gave a lead role to the largely secular and independence-minded Iraqi Kurds because a two-thirds majority is needed to control parliament and no group is expected to come close to that.

Accounting for about 15 percent of the country's people, the pragmatic Kurds say they will work with anyone willing to offer them something in return. Independence is their ultimate prize - even if the politicians don't say it publicly.


Peel off Kurdistan and Shi'astan and the Sunni would have a greater say, though still a minority, in the affairs of the remaining Iraqi state.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 14, 2006 4:35 PM
Comments

The Sunnis will just have to tuffet out.

Posted by: ghostcat at January 14, 2006 5:03 PM

Kurd is the Word

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at January 14, 2006 5:38 PM

Whey to go, Kurds!

Posted by: obc at January 14, 2006 9:07 PM

In all seriousness, there is no reason why the Kurds should not have an independent state. What are the Turks going to do if they don't like it, go Communist?

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 14, 2006 10:11 PM

bad ghostcat, now go to the pun corner.

Posted by: toe at January 15, 2006 12:42 PM

The appropriate header here is "Kurd Way." Dear Lord, how did you miss it?

Posted by: Tom at January 17, 2006 7:03 PM
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