netcentric: The US better be very careful about any weapons they give the kurds. The kurds are just for the moment the best people we can have killed fighting the ISIS forces that we don't want to fight directly.True it is better to let kurds die, than our folks, but at some point kurds may oppress other minorities in IRAQ just as badly as any other group."Here are some extracts from Barack Obamas letter to Condoleezza Rice from 2007:"I am writing out of concern for Iraq's Christian and other non-Muslims religious minorities, including Catholic Chaldeans, Syrian Ortodox, Assyrian, Armenian and Protestant Christians, as well as smaller Yezidi and Sabean Mandean communities. I know that the fate of these communities was the subject of a recent letter to you from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.These communities appear to be targeted by Sunni, shiite and Kurdish militants. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees reports that Christians, now less than 4 percent of Iraq's population, make up 40 percent of its refugees. And according to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, "violence against members of Iraq's Christian community occurs throughout the country, and the Commission has raised particular concern about reports from Baghdad, Mosul, Basra, and the northern Kurdish regions."Kurds are in some ways like South Vietnamese troops. They already have a boatload of weapons, but they only fight just enough to protect their own interests.Don't give them anything more than small arms and trucks. For a long time kurds were oppressors too. Probably will be in the future if you give them enough power.
netcentric: sendtodave: ... So, yeah, we should arm the Kurds. Morality, repercussions don't play into this.The Kurds are already armed./morals?
Apos: Foreign policy summation: "The enemy of my enemy is my friend. For now.So let's give them guns and training, then cross our fingers and hope"
sendtodave: We need that. We need whoever in in charge to owe us. Maybe we'll hit the lottery, and get a pro-US ally in the region other than Israel.So, yeah, we should arm the Kurds. Morality, repercussions don't play into this.
sendtodave: Maybe, I know it sounds far fetched, but maybe there are no good guys or bad guys, and we are only looking out for our immediate interests at any time?Maybe that means we help the guys we were killing, and fight the guys we we arming, because that's how it works?
Daemonik: Considering that the Middle East as we know it was drawn up to be an ethnic strife machine by the British after WWI, the US should really quit pretending like the people in these countries will ever get along and just let them divide up into their own new nations.A stable Kurdistan could be a big boon to the region, they're not particularly religiously insane and they leave everyone alone except the Turks, who make a habit of oppressing the Kurdish minorities in Turkey.
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