"It's time for the Kurds to set up their own nation"
"Before welcoming the emerging state of Kurdistan in northern Iraq, I confess to having opposed its independence in the past," begins Pipes' opinion piece.
After listing the reasons independence was thought a bad thing, he defends that position in light of the conditions at the time: "One could not have known in 1991 that the Kurdish army, the peshmerga, would establish itself as a competent and disciplined force; that the Kurdistan Regional Government would reject the terrorist methods then notoriously in use by Kurds in Turkey; that the economy would boom; that the Kurds' two leading political families, the Talabanis and Barzanis, would learn to coexist; that the Kurdistan Regional Government would engage in responsible diplomacy; that its leadership would sign international trade accords; that 10 institutions of higher learning would come into existence; and that Kurdish culture would blossom."
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Amazingly, perhaps prophetically, Pipes suggests the same merging of Kurds foreseen by Jeremiah the hebrew prophet: "What if Iraqi Kurds joined forces across three borders -- as they have done on occasion -- and form a single Kurdistan with a population of about 30 million and possibly a corridor to the Mediterranean Sea?"
Just as Jeremiah prophesied in the Hebrew bible, in the 'book' bearing his name: "Summon against (Babylon) the kingdoms of Ararat (eastern Turkey/northeastern Syria), Minni (or Mannea, northwestern Iran) and Ashkenaz (or Adiabene, Iraqi Kurdistan), ... the kings of the Medes (modern-day Kurds), their governors and all their prefects, and every land of their dominion... to make the land of Babylon a desolation without inhabitants," (Jeremiah 51:27-29).
Pipes is now in favor of such a coalition: "The emergence of a Kurdish state is part of the regionwide destabilization, dangerous but necessary, that began in Tunisia in December 2010. Accordingly, I offer a hearty welcome to its four potential parts joining soon together to form a single, united Kurdistan."
Jeremiah would also be in favor of that unification, since he prophesied that very "summoning" and "consecration" roughly 2,600 years ago.
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