3 readers online now  |  69 million page views

More reasns to redeploy specifically or primarily to KURDISTAN

Reader comment on item: Salvaging the Iraq War
in response to reader comment: Redeploy specifically or primarily to KURDISTAN

Submitted by Frans Groenendijk (Netherlands), Jul 25, 2007 at 20:11

Ron Thompson summed up some good arguments. I would like to add two more.

8. This is to some extend my answer to Robert Arbetman's question. If the coalition forces withdraw from the cities or even -following Thompson's suggestion- are moved to Kurdistan almost entirely there is chance that the Sunni-Shia vilence will worsen. When it is (almost) impossible to put the blame on the coalition forces/US there will be more pressure on the main players in Sunni- and Shia-land.

This can have two effects: these players (Iran, Egypt, Saudi-arabia, islamic "spiritual" leaders) at last take their responsibility and use their power to urge the fighting parties inside Iraq to stop hostilities OR they will not.

The first possibility is the most preferable but maybe not the most likely outcome. If these players can no longer avoid their responsibility by putting all blame on the US/UK/West but the violence continues or intensifies their authority will go (further) down. Something I would not mourn.

You can say this would imply sitting on your hands but if this is what sitting on your hand means than the west in sitting on its hands concerning a lot of horrible situations. (North Korea, Zimbabwe, beheadings of boeddhists in Thailand, female infanticide or abortion specific to female foetuses to name a few...)

9. I think Wikipedia is right that in some way "Kurds "hold their Islam lightly". Allthough Kurdistan knows pre-medevial backwardedness too, as a whole it is much more secular. One of the few peoples in the middle-east openly expressing sympathy for Israel.

Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to More reasns to redeploy specifically or primarily to KURDISTAN by Frans Groenendijk

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List
eXTReMe Tracker

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2020 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)