The Code of the West
If the U.S. leaves early and does not protect the Kurds, it will be the third time in a little more than three decades the ethnic group will have been betrayed by the United States, Qubad Jalal Talabany said during an afternoon sit-down interview with the Herald/Review. Earlier Thursday morning, Talabany spoke to nearly 350 people during the last day of a three-day Training and Doctrine Command Cultural Awareness Summit.
In 1974, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger led the United States away from supporting a Kurdish homeland.
After the first Gulf War against Iraq in the early 1990s, “we believed (President George) Bush senior,” Talabany said. When the current President George H.W. Bush’s father called for Iraqis to rise up against Saddam Hussein and promised support, the Kurds and Shiites in southern Iraq did, only to see the United States turn its back.
The end result was Hussein killed thousands of Kurds and caused others to flee into the Turkish mountains for protection, where many died of exposure.
Marsh Arabs near Basra also were killed.
Trust is difficult
“We didn’t trust the United States after that,” Talabany said.
But with the full commitment of American forces finally toppling Hussein in 2003, Kurds once again were willing to take a chance on America.
Take a chance on America? Bad move. The adults are back in charge.
Hat tip: NooYawkah