If I didn't already know what you succinctly put in your post, I would have gotten all warm and fuzzy about "Idyllic" Kurdistan. But, I think "propaganda" doesn't quite capture the essence of Bar'el's piece. "Fairy Tale" is a more apt term.
UN Security Council condemns North Korea launch, vows action (Reuters)
from the article: Kurds build an island of calm in the inferno of Iraq