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February 07, 2003

Bushs Sell Out the Kurds for Third Time

Well, we secured support from Turkey for an invasion of Iraq.

The price? Selling out the Kurds whose oppression by Hussein was supposedly one of the justifications for this war.

See this article on a new agreement to allow Turkey to occupy Kurdish regions of Iraq to prevent any moves towards independence by the Kurds.

But then, raising the hopes of the Kurds only to sell them out is nothing new for the Bush family. Dubya's Dad did it twice-- once back in the 1975 when he was head of the CIA and, of course, after the first Gulf War when the Kurds were encouraged to rebel, only to have the US step back and let them be slaughtered.

More on history of US relations with the Kurds in this MSNBC article:

In the 1970s, amid a territorial dispute between Iraq and neighboring Iran, the Kurds aligned themselves with Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi of Iran, who was backed by Washington. But when Baghdad and Tehran made peace over the disagreement, the United States cut off all support to the Kurds. The Iraqi army took revenge by killing thousands.
After the 1991 Gulf War, with Saddam still in power, the CIA orchestrated an uprising using opposition among the northern Kurdish and southern Shia populations to overthrow the Iraqi leader. But when the Kurds rose to the challenge, the first President Bush shied away.
Thousands were slaughtered by Saddam’s forces, and thousands more fled over the borders to Turkey and Iran.
So once again the Kurds can count on a Bush to make promises and leave them to be slaughtered and oppressed by another country.

Posted by Nathan at February 7, 2003 12:23 AM

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As recorded in my own blog, this concession was being prepared a long time ago. It is disheartening to read that the Bushies are pressing on with it. So how does Christopher Hitchens, who never fails to brag of his contacts among the Kurds, feel of this betrayal?

Also, the Bushies are not alone in sticking it to the Kurds. Behind 70's-era cut off of support for the Kurds MSNBC mentions was none other than Henry Kissinger.

Posted by: Kevin Moore at February 7, 2003 12:33 PM

What about the Clinton administration? Clinton provided diplomatic cover for Turkey, who slaughtered thousands of Kurds and left millions of refugees in the late 1990's. All was done with 80% U.S. weapons.

Posted by: Scott at February 7, 2003 04:29 PM

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