September 18, 2017
This is an EPIC TAKEDOWN by Iraqi officials.
Comparing Kurds to Jews is MAX LEL.
It also you know ain’t even wrong.
These Kurds are flying Jew flags.
Crowds filled the streets of the Iraqi Kurdistan capital, rallying ahead of an independence vote this month. While some were waving the flag of Israel, which backs the Kurds’ aspirations, Baghdad says it won’t allow the creation of a “second Israel.”
On Saturday, the city of Erbil saw thousands of protesters turning up at a pro-independence rally, ahead of the scheduled September 25 vote. Colorful Kurdish flags hovered over the crowd as participants danced and cheered at a concert in Shanidar Park, with firecrackers briskly lighting up the sky.
Alongside the Kurdish colors of red, white, yellow and green, Israeli flags could be seen flying in the crowd.
I don’t even know why any Moslem group would be trying to compare themselves to the Jews.
— Ceng Sagnic (@cngsgnc) September 16, 2017
Okay I mean, they’re getting support from the Jews.
On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu buoyed the vote, saying Israel supports the “legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to achieve their own state.”
However, Netanyahu’s remarks didn’t appeal to Baghdad, which opposes the Kurdish resolve to establish an independent state.
But even you’re getting support from the Jews, you’d think you’d want to keep that on the DL, rather than be like “WE ARE LIKE THE JEWS.”
“We will not allow the creation of a second Israel in the north of Iraq,” Vice President Nouri al-Maliki said Sunday, as cited by AFP.
The Kurdistan regional government must “call off the referendum that is contrary to the constitution and does not serve the general interests of the Iraqi people, not even the particular interests of the Kurds,” al-Maliki said.
It obviously does serve the interests of the Kurds. And the Jews.
These people have a very long history of good relations, and the Jews would have a serious presence in any kind of “Kurdistan” state. They would set up military bases there.
They could also use it as a haven for their illegal oil operations, as well are various other criminal activities.
Earlier, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi also warned of a “dangerous” decision on secession, calling it “playing with fire.”
The PM went as far as to say that Baghdad “will intervene militarily” if the Iraqi population is “threatened by the use of force outside the law.”
What appears to me to be happening here – and I’m not a Middle East expert, and often get shit for not having top-tier analysis, so take it with a grain of salt – but what it appears to me is that Israel is pissed that their little ISIS thing fell apart, so now they’re trying to salvage what they can from the remaining chaos by pulling off a Kurdistan state.
I imagine we’re going to see a lot of energy put into this.
— Kurdistan24 English (@K24English) September 16, 2017
And the US has already sent a bazillion dollars worth of high-tech weaponry to the Kurds, ostensibly to fight ISIS (and they did actually fight ISIS, so it isn’t 100% “ostensible,” though there were other options – Russia fought ISIS a lot more effectively and didn’t arm Kurds).
So there is a pretty good chance that the Kurds are now going to try to stage some sort of independence revolution. Unlike with ISIS, the Jews could openly back this, but I doubt the IDF is going to start bombing Iraq.
The Kurds are completely insane, and basically believe they have a claim to about a third of the Middle East.
They know they’re not going to get any of Iran, and presumably none of Turkey – they’re certainly not going to get any of the former Soviet territory they claim – but they think they can get a huge chunk of Iraq and the part of Syria they fought ISIS in.
All things being equal, Turkey might like this setup so they could push the Kurd terrorists out of their country into their new sovereign homeland. But all things aren’t equal, and this would just mean a gigantic Jewish base on their border.
They are definitely going to vote for independence on the 25th. And Iraq isn’t going to honor that. So then you’ve got another war.
The vote isn’t a straight-up “we’re leaving now” vote, but a referendum that they want negotiations to start immediately. And it is certainly going to embolden Kurdish terrorists, who will start bombing everyone like they always do.
This situation just sneaked up on us.
At least Trump is on the right side of this one.
The Trump administration demanded in unusually strong terms Friday that Kurdish leaders in Iraq cancel a referendum on independence set for later this month, saying it was “distracting” from the military effort against Islamic State terrorists.
The White House statement came hours after the parliament of Iraqi Kurdistan voted to go ahead with the referendum. The developments are the latest in an intensifying campaign, some of it waged on Capitol Hill, over whether the Kurds should hold the vote. It’s an especially sensitive issue because the Kurds are critical U.S. allies in the anti-terrorism fight in Iraq and Syria, providing ground troops that have scored numerous successes.
“The United States does not support the Kurdistan Regional Government’s intention to hold a referendum later this month,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday. “The United States has repeatedly emphasized to the leaders of the Kurdistan Regional Government that the referendum is distracting from efforts to defeat [the Islamic State] and stabilize the liberated areas.”
But Trump has had a real hard time supporting his own positions as of late.