25 November, 2020

Waiting For The Good Fight

Much of the rest of the world may be against the threatened war. Try telling that to the Kurds.

Waiting For The Good Fight
In a smoky coffee shop in the Kurdish town of Salahuddin, two dozen men sat in a ring around a big-screen TV last week watching the scenes from peace demonstrations around the world—and scowling. "No war with Iraq?" hissed one man. "What do those people know about war? They should spend five minutes as a Kurd. That would change their minds."

There are no peace marches in Kurdistan these days: the official position is that war cannot happen soon enough. "This war is the hope of 25 million people," said Fuad Tawfiq, 59, a one-time petrochemical engineer who spent 14 years in a Baghdad prison, accused of supporting a pro-independence Kurdish party.

In the Kurdish self-rule area of north Iraq—a territory the size of Switzerland where Kurdish autonomy is protected by daily British and US air patrols—the talk of war is when, not if. The Kurds are convinced the US intends to push ahead with its plan to oust Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, believing they will finally see the end of the man they accuse of genocide. Turkomen, Iraq's third largest ethnic minority, are equally...


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