Those who know me on the board know that I am a diehard fan of the Kurdish cause, and I do not hide it what so ever.. because they are amazing people.
Few though however even know about the Kurds.. about the brand new opportunities granted to them as a direct effect of the Iraq war.
3,000 Americans have lost their lives thus far in this war.. 3,000 men and women who went to war knowing they where going their to liberate a people,
though I would bet even the now departed would be surprised by the far reaching effect of their sacrifice.
Let me give you some background on Kurdistan going back to when Saddam took control over Iraq. While they have always been persecuted in the Middle
East by their neighbors, they are an ancient people that have been in the same area even before the Persian Empire. They are a race as well as a
religious sect, who distinguish them form their neighbors. Under Saddam however was just another new run of genocide and mass killings. After the
Gulf War I the United States went ahead with their plans to liberate the people of Iraq by taking down the government. After we inspired the people
to rebel we decided not to go in.. it turns out in Gulf I we over killed, and that death toll actually looked bad on our part regardless if we where
protecting Kuwait.. The world remembers the pictures from the High Way of Death.
So they rebelled against Saddam who had always persecuted them, dragging them to under ground prisons, keeping them in endless poverty and treating
them as 3rd class citizens. At the same time they had to deal with Iranians attacking them, they had to also deal with the racial tensions in Turkey,
who of course as you may know has had its fair share of massacres when it comes to the Kurdish people. In the Cold War the Soviet Union supported a
slave trade through Syria of Kurdish people, and armed Iraqi's and Turkey to fight against the Kurdish tribes. As America pulled out Saddam came
down hard, he used a nerve agent on towns that killed thousands; women and children fell dead in the streets as they suffered one of the most painful
ways to die.
We put a no-fly zone over most of their major cities to prevent an all out ethnic cleansing that Saddam no doubt would have carried on, but could not
help them from the poverty, starvation and disease. Few services were granted to what Saddam considered traitors.
This is Kurdistan now.. in just 3 years it has had the most unheard of, unpredicted, unnoticed economic explosions in the world.
(CBS) - Try to imagine a peaceful and stable Iraq where business is booming and Americans are beloved. Now open your eyes because 60 Minutes is
going to take you to a part of Iraq which fits that description: it's called Kurdistan.
This is a picture of the Kurdish Parliament. That’s right, the Kurdish Territory really did adapt democracy, and they did it in style. This is
their new parliament building, where real democracy has flowered seemingly over night. They have their own Prime Minister, their own government,
their own laws (like banning the old Iraqi flag) a 175,000 man army fully trained, they provide 100% of their own border control in the North West
East and South.
When visiting Kurdistan, one can see nation-building wherever one looks—Kurds are building their country day by day. There are more cranes here
than minarets and there’s a run on cement. A new mall with 8,000 shops and stalls is going up. So is an apartment complex known as "Dream City,"
in which some of the units are selling for $1 million. A giant bowling alley is almost finished, and an opera house is not far behind. What’s behind
the boom? Security.
While smoke clouds the sky line of Baghdad, cranes crowd the skylines of Kurdistan. America has given them absolutely nothing except release them of
Saddams grasp, and in 3 years have taken a hold of their own destiny and have paved the way for their own people with little assistance from the
First Austrian Flight Lands in Kurdistan
Article on Booming Economy
Asked how many American soldiers have been killed in the Kurdish-controlled area since the beginning of the war, Nechervan Barzani, the
40-year-old prime minister of what is officially called the Kurdistan Regional Government, tells Simon, "No one."
It should be interesting to know.. one of the largest companies in Kurdistan produces bomb blocks. Huge concrete barriers .. but they don't use many
of them, they sell them to Iraq because they have no use for them.
The Once Unheard of Womens Rights in Iraq? There is
So, I am interested... how many think this beautiful thing was not worth the sacrifices of this nation, of the world, of the 3,000 men who died? I
for one would support it again and again.. this is spreading peace and prosperity to those who desperately wanted it. Let the rest of Iraq squabble
over dirt and blasted strewn streets. If you think the disaster in Iraq is America's fault, you are dead wrong. It is the thugs in the South, that
is who made the mess.. if they wanted peace and prosperity they would look up to the Kurds.
We lost 3,000 good men and women, but we liberated 5 million once suppressed Kurds.. and gave 25 million more a hope that in the future they to will
have a homeland to be proud of.