September 15, 2014

DESTABILIZATION IS WHAT WE DO:

Hello, Kurdistan : The Kurds have proved to be, roughly speaking, the Swiss of the Muslim Middle East.  (Daniel Pipes, 9/11/12, National Review)

In 1991, after the Gulf War had ended and as Saddam Hussein attacked Iraq's 6 million Kurds, I made three arguments against American intervention on their behalf, arguments still commonly heard today: (1) independence for Iraq's Kurds would spell the end of Iraq as a state, (2) it would embolden Kurds to agitate for independence in Syria, Turkey, and Iran, leading to destabilization and border conflicts, and (3) it would invite the persecution of non-Kurds, causing "large and bloody exchanges of population."

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