Is this Kurdistan’s moment? Are they going
to finally achieve independence? You know, if you ask any Kurd that, they’re going to
say that they want independence, but the problem really comes down to the Kurdish leadership.
Masoud Barzani, the leader of Iraqi Kurdistan, who’s now serving the ninth year of his eight-year
presidency, oftentimes tries to rally Kurds around the flag of Kurdish Nationalism, but
when push comes to shove, it seems he wants money more than nationalism. Remember back
in 1996, he invited Saddam Hussein’s forces into the Kurdish capital simply because he
didn’t want another Kurdish rival to take power. Now, when it comes to the PKK, this
group in Turkey that’s waging an insurgency, or this group in Syria which has established
as an autonomous region, they’re no longer officially talking about separatism. They’re
talking about federalism. They’re actually talking about what they call democratic autonomy
or confederalism, where they want a group of Kurdish regions which overlay other countries.
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