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LET'S HELP THE KURDS - AND REDEEM OURSELVES


BRADENTON, FL -- It was Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Colin Powell who famously warned President George W. Bush in advance of his strikes on Saddam Hussein's forces in Baghdad that, "If you break it, you own it."

That classic antique store warning was apparently taken as little more than a rhetorical axiom of no consequence. But the consequences, as we have so painfully learned, keep on coming.

Today, with more than $2 trillion spent on a war that has lasted longer than the conflict in Vietnam and taken the lives of 4,500 U.S. servicemen and women, is supposedly near an end.

Yet, on this 40th anniversary of the resignation of our greatest president-diplomat, Richard M. Nixon, the war we supposedly had withdrawn from has once again re-engaged American forces. Nixon, please remember, opened China's doors to U.S. trade, and negotiated the end of the Vietnam War.

President Obama has sworn that no American ground combat troops will re-enter Iraq as a result of the startling and lightning-fast advance of the forces of the Fifth Caliphate known as ISIS, but there are plenty of U.S. "advisors" on the ground, among them the super-military operational personnel of U.S. Special Forces.

Those of us whose memories have survived the pyschedelics of the '60s will recall that "advisors" paved our way into the 10-year war in Vietnam, dispatched first under President John F. Kennedy and then by President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Those advisors grew eventually into a force of 600,000 U.S. troops, 50,000 of whom - including my cousin Paul Roberts and two good friends, Richard Marsh and Phil Ruminski - died there. It was a time of tears and sadness that, like the war in Iraq, never seemed to end.

As readers of this site will quickly note, we have urged the President to come to the aid of the people of Kurdistan, a semi-autonomous region of northern Iraq bordering Turkey, which has tried mightily to frustrate its national ambitions. Kurds have occupied the same territory now since 2,400 years before Christ, and today are spread our between Syria, Iraq, Iran and Turkey.

Yet it was the Kurds, and their ferocious protectors, the pesh merga, who came to the aid of the United States in 2003 when we sought their help against Saddam Hussein.

The Kurds are a brave, resourceful, fiercely independent and peaceful, tolerant people. Today they are offering shelter to the Shiites being driven out of northern Iraq by the Sunni militants of ISIS, and to the Catholic sect known as Yazidis, whose thousands are stranded atop Mount Sinjar and surviving only with the help of humanitarian air drops by American pilots.

We are grateful that President Obama's targeted air strikes have come in support of Kurdish forces overwhelmed and outgunned by ISIS forces who have seized hundreds of millions of dollars worth of U.S. arms and equipment from fleeing regular Iraqi Army forces.

But is it the task of America, who surely "broke" Saddam's regime, to now "fix" what is left of the Iraqi government? Or should we perversely "welcome" the arrival of the Fifth Caliphate and their Sunni army as the only constituted functional government in a region that appears unable to form other ones?

It has been the intransigence of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki - in refusing to admit Sunnis to his government - that has driven so deeply the wedge that now divides the two predominant Islamic sects.

Our diplomats and many others are trying to repair that fatal flaw in Iraq's governance, but they have been frustrated again and again by an Iraqi parliament as fractious as the Syrian rebels who produced ISIS.

We should not be adamant in the belief that Iraq is incapable of forming a representative government; it is probably a question of when, not if, they can do so. Nor can we wholly abandon al-Maliki and his fellow Shiite sectarians, who have successfully demonstrated an ability to summon tens of thousands of untrained fighters to resist ISIS'es advance in Baghdad.

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"If you break it, you own it," Gen. Colin Powell w... by Joe Shea on Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 10:40:02 AM
This is just the same sort of international meddli... by June Genis on Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 12:01:56 PM
I am 100% behind a Kurdistan nation. These people... by Sandra Parson on Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 2:57:40 PM
Colin Powell is a war criminal and should be broug... by Poor old Dirt farmer on Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 5:05:48 PM
Yes, let's help the Kurds by using the appropriate... by John Rachel on Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 5:33:55 PM
You write well.😄 ... by Sandra Parson on Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 7:20:04 PM
Oh please, the Yazidis are NOT a Catholic sect. Th... by Vierotchka on Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 9:34:08 PM
We definitely need to assist the Kurds in Iraq. Th... by Howard Schneider on Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 10:11:30 AM