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The recent exposure of US aid to the Turkish military against the PKK in southern Kurdistan by Robert Novak and the attempts by the Baghdad government to circumvent Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution is creating a scenario with profound ramifications to the region. There is apparently a profound callousness by the US government regarding the aspirations of the Kurdish people and nation that has resulted in an attempt to placate the Turkish military rather than clearly defining boundaries for Turkish military operations that are unequivocal and inviolable.

In an interview, Massoud Barzani, President of the Kurdish Autonomous Region, has stated his profound concern regarding the actions of the Baghdad Government to undermine the guarantee for the Kirkuk Referendum. "The Kurds will never relinquish or bargain over Kirkuk, but we accepted to regain Kirkuk through constitutional and legal methods. But if we despair of those constitutional and legal methods, then we will have the right to resort to other means," Barzani warned. 

The recent alignment of the US government in opposition to the Kurdish nation has become more evident in recent articles from neo-cons and administration spokespersons. The response from President Barzani is a singular notification to the US government of the intentions of the Kurdish Regional Government and the armed forces under its control. It also is a warning to Turkey and the current Iraqi government of the position of Kurdish peoples. There is nothing in this interview that might be misconstrued.  

The Kurdish question has too long been treated as a subsidiary of the US occupation of Iraq. The fact is that there is NO occupation of Kurdistan. The fact is that the Kurdish people have demonstrated in two referenda their support for independence. The fact is that the Kirkuk Referendum has been established as a democratic means of determining the destiny of Kirkuk under Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution. There is little policy coming from the Bush administration that defines its policy towards Kurdistan. But recently, policy analysts at the Middle East Forum and the Jamestown Foundation have increasingly taken positions that are aligned with Turkish military maneuvers in the region. This represents a development that would engage the newly reorganized armed forces of the Kurdish Autonomous Region, the Kurdistan Region Guard Forces. The effort to dissuade and challenge the Baghdad government from enforcing Article 140 is risky and threatens the recognition of the Kurdish nation. The failure of the current administration and the Democratic opposition to detail the policy has created a dangerous scenario.  

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Martin Zehr is an American political writer in the San Francisco area. He spent 8 years working as a volunteer water planner for the Middle Rio Grande region. http://www.waterassembly.org His article on the Kirkuk Referendum has been printed by the Kurdish Regional Government, http://www.moera-krg.org/articles/detail.asp?smap=01030000&lngnr=12&anr=12121&rnr=140 Another article was reprinted in its entirety by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) http://www.puk.org/web/htm/news/nws/news070514.html He is a Contributing Writer to Kurdish Aspect more...)

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Now that the cat is out of the bag that Bush might... by Mac McKinney on Wednesday, Aug 1, 2007 at 8:10:51 PM
Sorry but the Kurdish Autonomous Region is the onl... by Martin Zehr on Thursday, Aug 2, 2007 at 2:03:43 AM
Regarding Turkey, don't be so condescending.&n... by Mac McKinney on Thursday, Aug 2, 2007 at 6:35:39 AM
God, what planet are you from? You know, the deal ... by Mac McKinney on Thursday, Aug 2, 2007 at 6:24:14 AM
You see southern Kurdistan is not occupied, right?... by Martin Zehr on Thursday, Aug 2, 2007 at 11:09:06 AM
If Iraqi Kurdistan is independent and has its own ... by Mac McKinney on Thursday, Aug 2, 2007 at 4:11:21 PM
The Kurds have NO interest in defending the Sunnis... by Martin Zehr on Thursday, Aug 2, 2007 at 4:53:41 PM
Fisrt of all, aren't many Kurds Sunnis or even... by Mac McKinney on Thursday, Aug 2, 2007 at 5:16:15 PM
You've got nothing to say about the future of ... by Martin Zehr on Thursday, Aug 2, 2007 at 5:22:26 PM
I didn't say anything about Kurds defending th... by Mac McKinney on Thursday, Aug 2, 2007 at 8:26:48 PM
Hevallo has been pointing to 'clues' about... by Hevallo on Thursday, Aug 2, 2007 at 8:30:12 AM
Tureky has also been involved in all manner o... by Mac McKinney on Thursday, Aug 2, 2007 at 9:23:53 AM
The neo-cons have been on the attack for some time... by Martin Zehr on Thursday, Aug 2, 2007 at 11:55:30 AM
Columnist Bob Novak has another column dated yeste... by Martin Zehr on Thursday, Aug 2, 2007 at 10:54:16 AM
You have to remember that Bush believes in the Ang... by Mac McKinney on Thursday, Aug 2, 2007 at 11:42:05 AM
Sorry but I don't equate Sunnis, Shi'a and... by Martin Zehr on Thursday, Aug 2, 2007 at 11:58:48 AM
I'm not making this classification, the Americ... by Mac McKinney on Thursday, Aug 2, 2007 at 1:36:04 PM