Wednesday, January 14, 2004

William Safire write on "The Kurdish Question" facing those who would re-build Iraq.

Right now, the Kurds hold all the cards. They don't have to agree to anything unless they absolutely want it, because the status quo is perfectly fine with them. Which means that the status quo has to change in order to establish an independent Iraqi government.

The Kurds primarily fear Turkey right now. If I wanted to pressure the Kurds, I would introduce Turkish peace-keepers into areas as close as possible to Kurdish areas. Then I would say that the troops leave when a constitution is established and a legitimate government is in place to order peace-keeping forces out of the country.

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