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Re: [casi] Talabani & Barzani: What Iraq Needs Now

Quite a lot of nasty things have happened in 'free' Kurdistan as
well. These two leaders are pretty dodgy.

Will the Kurds lose out yet again at the hands of the West? Who was
supporting SH before, during and after Halabja? Who created the story
that the Iranians did it?

After the first Gulf War and during the sanctions, the Iraqi
Government made serious proposals about autonomy for the Kurds. I
think that they should have gone for it - they were bound to get a
good deal. However, the Kurds' corrupt leaders seemed to be quite
happy to go along with the Kurds simply being used by the US/UK to
keep pressure on Iraq - with the Kurds and Iraqis being the losers.

On 9 Jul 2003 at 12:25, wrote:
> In a message dated 7/9/2003 4:34:20 AM Central Daylight Time,
> writes:
> > Some day, we Iraqis hope to celebrate an Independence Day like the
> > one Americans have just observed. But for the near future we face
> > the challenge of translating liberation into democracy — a goal we
> > Kurds will push for even more diligently now that we have agreed to
> > join the interim Iraqi administration that will be formed this
> > month. To that end, we will work closely with the United States to
> > establish security, revive the economy and build a democratic
> > culture.
> >
> wellnow how silly of me not to have understood the sequence:
> liberation, democracy, then independence...forgive me if i get
> confused with such logical and currently fashionable "roadmaps". as a
> distant observer, i would perhaps take this article more seriously if
> it were accompanied by a footnote to the effect that it was cleared
> through the offices of bremer et al. as a political manifesto, the
> article lacks intellectual honesty and integrity and brings out echos
> of pronouncements made in other times by quisling, petain et al...and
> of many other "remembrances of things past". perhaps talabani and
> barzani could emphasize working more with other iraqis to end the
> occupation, but of course that would not please bremer...did they ask
> rumsfeld to explain halabja? of course not. tony

Mark Parkinson

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