Those days kurds are all over the news. They are fighting ISIS in Syria in the same move that see them helping on the outskirts of Mossoul. We are told that they fight bravely against evil.
It must be said that this sudden glory is founded on serious facts :
In October 2011, ExxonMobil signed six Production Sharing Contracts covering more than 848,000 acres in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. 1 Total23 is there too re-discovering oil in places already prospected one century ago. It seems that friendship and business are going hand in hand those days in the north of Irak.
But it should noted that the interest of the westerns powers for the Kurds is not new.
During the seventies, la cause Kurde, was already important for the USA.
An important episode is cleared by US archives. The USA and Iran helped Kurdish leader to build a military force able fight the Iraqi army. In those times Iraq was nearly aligned with soviet union, Kissinger thought it was important to create a bleeding wound in Iraq. So the CIA took action accordingly.
« CIA reports that more than 1,000 tons of non attributable arms, medicine sand blankets have been supplied(a value of over [less than 1 line not declassified] which cost less than [less than 1 line not declassified]); our monthly subsidy of [less than 1 line not declassified] has enabled Mulla Mustafa to maintain and strengthend a 25,000-man military force; intelligence on Iraq is received from Mulla Mustafa’s mountain headquarters [less than 1 line not declassified] our support is channeled through the Iranians (who contribute $4.8 million per year plus unknown arms and services) and has been coordinated in general terms with [3 lines of text not declassified]. »4
But the central government in Iraq prevailed and a few years later, kurdish people will find they where on their own all along. By a vicious twist Iran became the enemy and Iraq, for a few year, was seen as a less bad option. Saddam Hussein who was really a bad guy took good care of those poor people. Nor the USA or France took any action. It took the first and second Iraq wars to change the tide, again, kurdish people proved to be useful to the westerns powers. Step by step the Peshmerga build something which is almost a state, now.
But Iran’s position seems pretty clear on that subject, there will be no partition of Iraq, it can be presumed that the Turkish state is not a friend either. Kurdish people are now fighting alongside the US and France which are legacy powers in the region. In case of a retreat of the west, the future would be very bleak for kurdistan. I am very afraid that we are on the verge of another dark decade for Kurdish people. In time we will be able to gauge the enthusiasm and rhetoric we are exposed to for what it is, greed and