Sunday, January 06, 2013

Kurdistan on the horizon?

Mayhaps, argues David Hirst in the LA Times.  This Levantine can only hope.  Spas, JB.

Two x-factors to think about from the article:

a) the fact that Jalal Talabani is in a coma.  He played a key role in keeping relations between the Kurds and the Arabs on civil terms.  Here is an interesting piece by Peter Galbraith on Talabani as the glue of both Kurdistan and Iraq.  Galbraith is a fascinating fellow in his own right.

b) the effects of the deterioration of the Syrian state.  If Iraqi Kurdistan is breaking away and Syria is breaking apart, there might be some centrifugal force for a Kurdish realignment.  But that is a big, big if.

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