Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Michael Totten: "The Kurds are friendlier, and more pro-American, than Canadians."

"The Palestinians aren’t the only people in the world who seek and deserve a homeland of their own. But the squeaky wheel gets the grease. The Kurds do not receive billions of dollars in Western aid. The Kurds do not receive endless media attention. There are no rallies on Western campuses demanding their freedom, nor does the United Nations Security Council require that a state be created for them, although--unlike the Palestinians--they fought honorably against their enemies and have already carved out a moderately prosperous, free, and functional de-facto state of their own. They are America's allies, but most Americans know nothing about them."

That's from Michael J. Totten's expansive analysis, No Friends But The Mountains, available in full here, from this month's Azure magazine.

Years from now, when historians look back on the journalists who made the greatest contributions to a public understanding of the conflicts in Iraq and the Middle East during the first few years of the 21st Century, Michael J. Totten, a blogger, freelancer, and independent reporter from Salem, Oregon, will be on the shortlist.

5 Comments:

Blogger bp said...

Agreed. Totten is unfailingly enlightening and fascinating to read.

More of him at the Commentary blog:

"But if the best possible scenario ever unfolds, if peace arrives even in Baghdad, if the government becomes truly moderate and representative, if rainbows break out in the skies and the fields fill with smiling children and bunny rabbits, somebody, somewhere, will complain that Iraq has been taken over by the imperial powers of Kentucky Fried Chicken and Starbucks."

1:48 AM  
Blogger Mark, Ottawa said...

Don't forget the Kashmiris, to whom the Indians seem able to do as they will with minimal international attention. They'd probably rather be independent than part of Pakistan but are given no choice by the Indians--much though the Indians appear to be gooder guys than the Chinese (Tibet, Xinjiang, Taiwan, etc.) in the great scheme of geopolitical, Anglospheric things.

Tough choices and thinking. We're still "Expecting all the gifts that wise men bring".

Mark
Ottawa

4:42 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

The Kurds made the mistake of not hi-jacking planes and targeting innocent civilians to blow to bits.

4:49 PM  
Blogger double-plus-ungood said...

Steve: The Kurds made the mistake of not hi-jacking planes and targeting innocent civilians to blow to bits.

There are several extremely violent Kurdish groups that use terrorism, so I'm not sure what you mean by this.

10:03 AM  
Blogger Aram Azez said...

Michael Totten: "The Kurds are friendlier, and more pro-American, than Canadians."
That might be the reason of, at least, a Canadian reads or writes something related to Kurdistan..

11:19 PM  

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