November 17, 2008

HOW DO YOU ASK THE LAST KURD TO DIE SO THE UNICORN RIDER CAN FIX W'S "MISTAKE"?

Obama: the view from the Middle East (Bashdar Ismaeel, 13 November 2008, Opinion Online)

If George Bush Senior can be viewed by the Kurds with eternal gratitude for the establishment of the no-fly zone and onset of Kurdish liberalisation from tyranny in 1991, it is perhaps the actions of his son George. W. Bush that is forever etched in Kurdish folklore.

Conceivably, in later generations, Kurds may view the decision by Bush Junior to oust Saddam Hussein from power as being as significant as the tale from Newroz folklore where Kawa the blacksmith defeated Zehak the evil ruler to free the nation held in captivity thousands of years ago. The significance of the new dawn for Kurdish existence cannot be overestimated.

The Kurds have been betrayed far too many times, particularly by successive US governments, to take future American support for granted, but the change of fortune during the last 17 years, and particularly in the last five since the liberalisation of Iraq, has been truly remarkable for an ancient, battle weary, and emotionally scarred people.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 17, 2008 6:20 AM
blog comments powered by Disqus
« THE NOBLE SAVAGES' NOBLE FRUIT (via Glen Dryfoos): | Main | THE CAT'S EYE: »