Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"It's time for the Kurds to set up their own nation"

Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum, is another of my favorite correspondents on world affairs, the other being Michael Totten. Pipes writes today, Sept 16, 2014, for Newsweek about his change of heart regarding Kurdistan independence:

"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."


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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