Why should the U.S back the Kurds all the way?

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plenty of mis­guided abil­ity to dis­tance it­self from achiev­ing its strate­gic goals and in­crease its en­e­mies. A typ­i­cal ex­am­ple is when Paul Bre­mer, the tem­po­rary U.S head of the Coali­tion Pro­vi­sional Au­thor­ity in Iraq, de­cided to dis­band the Iraqi army of around a mil­lion sol­diers. Cre­at­ing in the process many en­e­mies and re­cruits for ex­trem­ist ter­ror­ist groups, hence the rise of I.S.I.S.

The Kurds de­serve full back­ing from the U.S for their un­wa­ver­ing loy­alty. Surely, it needs such al­lies in a re­gion that is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly anti-Amer­i­can. The U.S can­not take Kur­dish friend­ship for granted any more. It must make a strong un­equiv­o­cal stand and fully sup­port the Kurds in the fight against I.S.I.S. That would show that the U.S doesn’t for­get its al­lies. The Kurds have al­most given up on strong back­ing from Amer­ica and is look­ing for sup­port else­where. Apart from Is­rael, what ally would Amer­ica be left with?

In a coun­try of in­creas­ing in­sta­bil­ity, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion is prov­ing to be what is com­monly called the ‘other Iraq’ i.e. an Iraq that Amer­ica had hoped for, an Iraq that is pro-west, lib­eral and demo­cratic. Amer­ica does right to bet on the Kurds, for they pos­sess what is es­ti­mated to be 45 bil­lion bar­rels of light crude oil in re­serves. That is ex­clud­ing the con­tested Kirkuk gov­er­norate, which if fully an­nexed to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, will make it prob­a­bly one of the top five oil-rich coun­tries. The Kurds are be­com­ing a ma­jor economic power with sta­bil­ity and a lib­eral and sec­u­lar en­vi­ron­ment ripe for greater Amer­i­can pres­ence in the Mid­dle East.

Stan Lee once said, “With great power comes greater re­spon­si­bil­ity.” The U.S is still the ma­jor su­per power in the world; as such it has cer­tain du­ties. The U.S has a duty right now to do what is right and stop the humanitarian crises in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and Iraq by giv­ing full mil­i­tary sup­port to the mi­nori­ties. The Chris­tian and the Yazidi's death toll is in­creas­ing daily, over a mil­lion are now refugees and dis­placed. This cur­rent humanitarian cri­sis can­not be re­solved sim­ply by send­ing a few food packs and throw­ing a cou­ple of bombs on the ter­ror­ists. It needs greater ac­tion, full in­ter­ven­tion and aid to the dis­placed and dy­ing, the pro­tec­tion of the eth­nic and re­li­gious mi­nori­ties who are be­ing vic­tim­ized by I.S.I.S and other Sunni ex­trem­ists. The U.S needs to take the lead in the world and push for greater in­volve­ment of other ma­jor coun­tries to help to end what is be­com­ing geno­cide of the Yazidis. The time of hes­i­ta­tion should end with a brave de­ci­sion to go for­ward with help­ing the Kurds all the way. Amer­ica can­not af­ford to stay neu­tral any more.

The Mid­dle East­ern map is in the process of be­ing re­shaped, Kur­dis­tan is in the process of be­com­ing an in­de­pen­dent state. Amer­ica can­not af­ford to be out­side of this very im­por­tant process of change. By sup­port­ing the Kurds, it will sup­port a sta­bi­liz­ing force that acts as a buf­fer between the ex­pan­sion­ist de­sires of Iran to spread its in­flu­ence in the Mid­dle East. On the other side you have ex­trem­ist Sunni ter­ror­ism that has ap­peared as a re­sult of the Shi­ite op­pres­sion of the Sun­nis in Iraq spear­headed by the Ira­nian puppet Prime Min­is­ter NooriAl-Ma­liki. A strong and sta­ble in­de­pen­dent Kur­dis­tan can be one of the new geopo­lit­i­cal re­al­i­ties that will ap­pear on the new Mid­dle East­ern map that has long been in wait­ing.

Af­ter liv­ing in Eng­land for fif­teen years, I re­turned to Kur­dis­tan. Like many western-ed­u­cated young Kurds, I re­turned in the hope of re­al­iz­ing my dream of suc­cess in Kur­dis­tan and re­set­tling down with my fam­ily in the moth­er­land. Since then I have seen the re­gion pros­per and grow day af­ter day. Th­ese hopes I had were greatly di­min­ished when I woke up in the morn­ing on the 10th of June and saw on T.V that I.S.I.S had taken Mo­sul, a short driv­ing dis­tance from Kur­dis­tan. Yet I see and hear about our many brave Kur­dish Pesh­mar­gas (Kur­dish sol­diers) fiercely fight­ing and sac­ri­fic­ing their very lives to ward off the I.S.I.S ter­ror­ists. I hear heroic tales of the brav­ery of the Kur­dish sol­diers. I see many hot-blooded young Kurds ea­ger to vol­un­teer and join the right­eous fight against the ter­ror­ists. Yet due to the lack of sup­plies, am­mu­ni­tion, weapons, and U.S back­ing, I.S.I.S is not go­ing away that eas­ily. They seem to some­how mys­te­ri­ously re­cu­per­ate their losses and bounce back up again when­ever they sus­tain a hit. I have come to the con­clu­sion there are pow­ers at play which are pro­vid­ing I.S.I.S with sup­port and aid both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. Only sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­ven­tion by the U.S can stop this ter­ror­ist tide. My hope is that with the help of the U.S this threat can be elim­i­nated and once again sta­bil­ity re­turns. Kur­dis­tan can once again con­tinue its devel­op­ment to be­come one of the fast grow­ing pro-Amer­i­can young coun­tries on the new Mid­dle East­ern map!

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