America must support Kurdish independence. The number one nation on the planet that stands for freedom and independence is the United States of America. America failed the Kurdish people during the Obama injustice. They were largely ignored by the Bush administration.
US says it understands ‘legitimate aspirations’ of people in Iraqi Kurdistan.
State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert
I supported the Iraq war, not because of the CIA reports to George Bush concerning the chemicals of mass destructions or what experts call Weapons of Mass Destruction, (WMD), but because of the actual use of WMD against Kurdish people on 16 March 1988, known as the Halabja Chemical Attack or Halabja Massacre.
That is what the American people were told, that the Iraqis used poisonous gas to kill the Kurds, their own people. Or so they were called. That gave reason for a war and the overthrow of a brutal dictator named Saddam Hussein and his ruthless Ba’ath Party.
The Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party.
But that account has been disputed. Or at least questions raised of its authentic value.
He was Central Intelligence Agency’s senior political analyst on Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war, and a professor at the Army War College from 1988 to 2000, Stephen C. Pelletiere writes a different opinion. This article by Stephen C. Pelletiere appeared in the New York Times on 31 January 2003 and was reprinted several times since in other publications.
A War Crime Or An Act of War?
Who really gassed the Kurds?
A different view. Iran must have been using Iraqi helicopters to drop the Iranian bombs.
Iraqi blame Iran, Iran blames Iraq and we’re all confused.
“Iraqi MiG and Mirage aircraft began dropping chemical bombs on Halabja’s residential areas, far from the besieged Iraqi army base on the outskirts of the town.”
“…According to regional Kurdish rebel commanders, Iraqi aircraft, coordinated by helicopters, conducted up to 14 bombings in sorties of seven to eight planes each. Eyewitnesses told of clouds of white, black and then yellow smoke billowing upward and rising as a column about 150 feet (50 m) in the air.”
“…was and still remains the largest chemical weapons attack directed against a civilian-populated area in history.”
Stephen C. Pelletiere has written a lot of articles and books about Iraq, the Kurds and the Middle East. In one book he entitled he calls the Kurds “an unstable element in the Gulf.” Probably if you kick a beehive once too many times you’d call the bees unstable, too. I’m not taking sides with Stephen C. Pelletiere or anyone else that made a living in government paid for by the taxpayers and then sold tons of books and articles afterwards for his own profit. All I know is the one truth most of us can agree upon, especially since we are fresh into a political civil war that may well escalate to actual one: we can trust no one and we can believe no one. Period.
Bush got us into a mess. Obama made the mess much deeper. Trump is meeting all kinds of asinine resistance and NOBODY is trying to solve the problems that has escalated since Bush invaded Iraq and Obama failed to stop Daesh in June of 2014. Obama could have and should have stopped Daesh in Mosul, Iraq when they first showed their face to the world. He failed. He was afraid, just like James Comey was afraid of the man the American people elected. We don’t need leaders who are afraid, we need leaders who will let the experts who know their jobs, do their jobs and bring victory, not shame to our door. Millions of people, mostly innocent men, women and children have been slaughtered and have had every human right denied them because of ignorant politicians.
It is time that course changes. It is unlikely it will happen, though. The Kurds stood pretty much alone in their brave fight against Daesh. They fought with primitive weapons, with almost no help from the Americans. We could have given them powerful weapons and America’s finest soldiers and SEALs to guide them. We failed to. We had no leadership. The Kurds suffered tremendously. Still they fight on. They have been victimized for generations. Yet, they never lose the fight or the will for their well deserved freedom and independence.
The United States State Department may be correct to focus on defeating Daesh, before putting Kurdish independence on the table. But that same state department shouldn’t lose sight that if it weren’t for the Kurds, including large numbers of female warriors, like Rehana who killed over 100 Daesh fighters before being captured and beheaded and savagely disrespected, we’d still be at the beginning, not the end, of eliminating Daesh. Period. Let’s make sure the Kurdish independence is put on the table and a Kurdistan becomes a reality for the Kurdish people.
Nadia Murad is back home. At least for the moment. Visiting. There are a lot of dark memories mixed with remembrance of childhood joy. Joy that ended on 2 August 2014. Her tiny village of Kocho was attacked by Daesh and the Yezidi men were separated from the women. The men were killed. The women sold as sex slaves and human trafficked for Daesh fighters. Nadia escaped and found her way to safety. She has been a strong spokeswoman for Yezidi’s concerns ever since. The long road for this young, brave lady has been a trying one indeed. She will likely continue being a leader for the Kurdish people. Let it be in a land of the free, home of the brave and fully independence somewhere where the Kurdish people can live in peace and harmony with the rest of the world, especially their Arab natives.
Nadia Murad Goes Home to Kocho