Kurds suffered their worst catastrophes in a 'united' Iraq. Today, they're voting and celebrating - but casting a wary eye at Baghdad's threatening language, and whether Iraq will escalate to outright conflict
The Jewish people share with the Kurds a common history of suffering from the terror of chemical weapons. With Holocaust Remembrance Day in sight, Israel has a special responsibility to recognize the genocide that Iraq perpetrated against the Kurds.
Can we not ask in the same vein, why Palestine should be a state and the Kurdistan Regional Government not?
In recent years, the Shiite Kurds have become increasingly politicized. This was evidenced in the role they played in the Green Revolution of 2009.
The weakening of the relevant states, alongside the tectonic sociopolitical changes taking place in the region as a whole, may end up changing the strategic map of the Middle East.