The Kurds have for years deserved autonomy and self-determination. Bush should have given it to them, but he didn’t have the stones. Bush made bold moves, but halfheartedly and without the courage of his convictions.
“UN chief comes out against Kurdish independence referendum,” Associated Press, September 26, 2017 (thanks to Christian):
UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opposes the Sept. 25 independence referendum planned by Iraq’s Kurds for the enclave in the country’s north.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Sunday that Guterres believes any unilateral decision to hold a referendum now would detract from the need to defeat the Islamic State extremist group.
He says the U.N. chief believes the referendum would also detract from reconstruction of regained territories and the safe return of over 3 million people displaced by IS.
Dujarric says Guterres respects Iraq’s “sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity” and believes all issues between the federal government and the Kurdistan regional government should be resolved through dialogue and compromise….
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