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Submitted by Peter Herz (United States), Sep 24, 2014 at 20:10

A few random comments--

Do the Azeris really "seethe" under Persian rule? It seems to me that a large number of the mad mullahs controlling that country are Azeri.

As for an independent Kurdistan, I can see Jenkins point of the ethnic Turkish v. Kurdish mess that would ensue, and easily slop over into Europe. However, I can't help but note with approval the Kurdish area providing haven for Iraqi Christians, and that Kurdish leaders have recognized and apologized for Kurdish behavior during the Seyfo and Armenian massacres. They may well be bigger men than leaders of recognized states.

However, I'm for a US policy that will wait and see. It's clear that the rise of ISIS shows that the Sykes-Picot boundaries are inherently unstable, whether or not Israel is part of the puzzle. Given that neither the Ba'athists nor ISIS are friendly to the USA (and even the FSA is involved in wiping out Christians in Syria), the noises Obama made last year and the scurrying to figure out which side we're on going on now tells me that this is a fight that isn't ours; but we have the blind leading the blind leading an occasional starry-eyed MCPC idealist into a horrible ditch.

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