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