Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Get ready for Kurdish independence

The New York Times | The Opinion Pages | by ZALMAY KHALILZAD | July 13, 2014

WASHINGTON -- In the coming weeks, Iraq's leaders must make existential decisions. If they cannot form a unity government led by a new prime minister and motivate Sunni moderates and tribes to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Iraq is likely to disintegrate.

If the central government fails to grant satisfactory concessions to Sunnis and Kurds, the Kurds will push for sovereignty and independence. The Kurds are serious, and the international community must adapt to this emerging reality.


The author of this op-ed piece, Zalmay Khalilzad, is the president of Gryphon Partners, and was the United States ambassador to Iraq from 2005 to 2007. He had worked closely with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, of whom he said, "I know that he will stubbornly resist attempts to replace him." This is why Khalilzad is leaning towards an independent Kurdistan, and recommends the U.S. strengthen its ties with this soon to be sovereign entity, which will "serve American interests down the road."

This emerging independent Kurdistan would fulfill the role of the nation of the "Medes" in Jeremiah's prophecy of doom on Babylon, as the Kurds are able to claim direct descent from the Medes.

Khalilzad's article is full of first person insight, and explains the relationship and cause of fracture between the Kurds and the current Iraqi government. It is worth a read.



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