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, March 02, 2003

The Kurds are threatening war if the Turks suddenly show up in their territory.

Standing on a ridge high on the Chamamak peak, Cdr Musa gazed over the Dast-e-Khoslev plain towards the Iraqi city of Mosul. Oil rich and strategically vital, Mosul is heavily defended by the guns of Saddam Hussein. But the Kurds' bitterest enemy is coming from the opposite direction.

"If the Turks are coming there will be war here," he said, slapping his worn AK47 for emphasis. "I myself will take my gun and shoot every Turk I see." The Kurds' enmity for the Turks is even fiercer than their hatred of Saddam, who has orchestrated the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Kurds since taking power in the 1960s. "Everybody here, the men, women and children, will fight the Turks.

"We expect them to be much worse to the Kurds than any one else. Saddam's forces are better than the Turkish; both are dictators but he is Iraqi and we are Iraqi also."

He appealed to another familiar force for help. "We would like to know if the British Army will help us like in 1917 when they drove the Ottoman out," he said. "We had some problems with them after that but they helped us then. We would like them to help us now."

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