Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Sunday, October 06, 2002

The full Kurdish Parliment has met for the first time since 1994. And is saying the right things.

"Our goal now is not just to make Kurdistan free, but to make Iraq free," said Barzani. Rising Kurdish nationalism has worried neighboring Turkey, a close U.S. ally which has a 12-million strong Kurdish community of its own, as well as Iran and Syria. All three oppose any partitioning of Iraq. "This meeting should not exceed its limits, it should not be presented to others as a sign of a move toward the declaration of independence," Turkish Foreign Minister Sukru Sina Gurel told CNN-Turk television.

Kurds insist they don't want a new nation, just a semiautonomous enclave within a federal Iraqi government in Baghdad.

"Our people have been striving for a long time," said Rosh Noori Shawais, the assembly's speaker. "They have been subjected to chemical bombardment and oppression.

They deserve legal rights within the framework of international law."

There are 12 million of them living in a state of borrowed grace and yet, unlike the Palestinians, the UN has not devoted an entire Commission to them. Dozens of Resolutions are not passed condemning Saddam and the treatment they recieve.

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