Comments: Not so strange bedfellows

Kurds have suffered at the hands of Arab nationalists in Iraq. On the other hand, Israel is allied with Turkey. This might explain their ambivalence over the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Posted by C.Bloggerfeller at September 24, 2003 04:19 AM

CB beat me to the punch, regarding the Turkey/Israel alliance.
But maybe the Kurds are trying to be "more Turkish than the Turks" when it comes to Israeli relations, providing a non-Arab Muslim friend for Israel in exchange for leverage against surrounding Arab states.

Posted by Matt at September 24, 2003 12:48 PM

C.B. and Matt --

I agree with both of you, and as I said, it was rather in line with much that I've been reading about the Kurds lately. I'm curious about what this portends for Iraqi federalism -- generally, central goverments are responsible for foreign relations, including trade. I recognize that I'm getting ahead of myself, but if an Iraqi federal goverment followed the lead of the Arab world, and boycotted Israel, would the Kurds sit still for it? Especially if they had the potential for lucrative deals with Israel?

I found some of the rhetoric a little overheated in this commentary, but it also raises some interesting points:

So what was the first achievement of Iraqi “Kurdish” foreign minister?

Did he, logically in the spirit of new democracy and openness, insist that Iraq is the country of Arabs and Kurds and cannot be a member of the Arab League unless the league changes its racist organisation and identity to allow the recognition not only of the Kurdish nation in Iraq and Syria but also of many other nations in Arab nation-states such as Amazighi nation, people of South Sudan, Druzes and Copts? The Arab League as a useless ideological racist Arabist institution has existed only to promote Arabism and Arab racism against colonised non-Arab nations. This league has a criminal record in supporting Iraqi Ba’thists’ genocide against our nation in Southern Kurdistan and supporting Syrian Ba’thists’ racist Arabising policies in Western Kurdistan.

Posted by Bill at September 24, 2003 11:53 PM