July 19, 2013

Why I Love the Kurds (part of an ongoing series)

Normally when I say, Let's give these guys a state, it's understood that I'm being sarcastic.

But not this time: Let's give these guys a state:

"At least 19 Al-Nusra Front (jihadist) fighters and 10 Kurds have been killed since the day before yesterday in clashes in the oil region of Hassakeh," the NGO said.

On Wednesday, the group said Syrian Kurdish fighters had pushed members of Al-Nusra and the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant out of the town of Ras Al-Ain and its nearby border crossing with Turkey....

Kurdish fighters, meanwhile, advanced elsewhere in the northeastern province, taking control of part of the Sweidiya area of Hassakeh, which is the only majority Kurdish province in Syria.

Of all the peoples in the world without a state, surely the Kurds deserve one. Unlike some "nations" (I'm looking at you Palestinians) Kurds are distinct from Arabs, Persians, and Turks and speak their own language with distinct customs.

And most important: they hate Islamists and love America.

Now that we're out of Iraq and have no vested interest in seeing that country remain whole, can someone tell me a single compelling reason why we don't support Kurdish statehood?

They pretty much run a defacto state as it is inside of Iraq, and it would be a thumb in the eye of Iran, Syria, and Turkey -- all of which could use a little bit of humiliation at this point in history.

H/T: Rantburg

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:13 AM | Comments |