[Marxism] Fwd: ISIS vs. the Kurds

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Sep 22 08:17:45 MDT 2014

(One of the things that practically defines the "anti-imperialist" left 
is its inability to think dialectically. If you don't understand that 
Middle East politics is based on intractable contradictions, then you 
should find some other trouble spot to pontificate about.)

Obama has spoken carefully in public, but it is plain that the 
Administration wants the Kurds to do two potentially incompatible 
things. The first is to serve as a crucial ally in the campaign to 
destroy ISIS, with all the military funding and equipment that such a 
role entails. The second is to resist seceding from the Iraqi state. 
Around Washington, the understanding is clear: if the long-sought 
country of Kurdistan becomes real, America’s twelve-year project of 
nation building in Iraq will be sundered. Kurdish leaders acknowledge 
that the emergence of ISIS and the implosion of Syria are changing the 
region in unpredictable ways. But the Kurds’ history with the state of 
Iraq is one of persistent enmity and bloodshed, and they see little 
benefit in joining up with their old antagonists. “Iraq exists only in 
the minds of people in the White House,” Masrour Barzani, the Kurdish 
intelligence chief and Masoud’s son, told me. “We need our own laws, our 
own rules, our own country, and we are going to get them.”

full: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/09/29/fight-lives

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