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Kurdistan as a stronghold

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Submitted by Marc Joris (Belgium), Jul 27, 2007 at 04:19

Building a stronghold in Kurdistan is an excellent idea. It will not be as easy as it sounds: Kurdistan is landlocked and surrounded by enemies. Turkey, Iran or Syria will not allow militairy or civil transports into Kurdistan. American troops will depend on lines of communication running through war-torn Shia and Sunni areas in Iraq. They will be heavily depending on air transport, and at least some planes will be downed by Shia or Sunni rebels. But in spite of this problems, this seems to be a realistic solution.

America keeps a strategic outpost near Iran and Syria, and it can easily launch strikes against emerging Al Qaeda strongholds in the crumbling Iraq.

I agree with other comments, who stress that betraying our Kurdish allies would be a moral and a political disaster. Who would still trust the Americans if they left their only reliable allies in the muslim world in the hands of their worst enemies? Who would still fight on their side in the next war? The Kurds were good allies. You may not let them down.

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