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Kurds advance imperialist agenda for Iraq’s break-up

Crescent International

The ISIS-created chaos in Iraq has provided an opportunity for Kurds to break away and create an “independent” state. It may become independent from Iraq but will be totally subservient to imperialist and Zionist forces. Destabilization of the entire region is in full swing.

Dubai, Crescent-online
Thursday July 3, 2014, 12:47 DST

Exploiting the current turmoil in Iraq, Massoud Barzani, president of the Kurdish region of northern Iraq asked the regional parliament today (July 3) to prepare for a referendum on independence.

As part of the secession move, a plan in the works for several decades, Barzani called on parliament to form an “independent” electoral commission that would start organising a referendum on independence for the semi-autonomous region.

Last Friday Barzani angered Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki when he announced that there was no going back on the Kurdish occupation of Kirkuk. The oil rich city has been coveted by the Kurds for decades but they got their opportunity in the aftermath of the turmoil created by the bursting on the scene of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

The murderous thugs have grabbed large swathes of territory in north-west and western Iraq as part of a conspiracy in which the western regimes, the Zionist regime as well as tribal leaders of Iraq are involved.

The turmoil in Iraq has opened an opportunity for the Kurds to exploit and to realize their long-held ambition of establishing an “independent” state.

On July 2, Maliki accused the Kurds of “exploiting current events in order to impose a reality” and called the latest moves unacceptable.

It is interesting to note that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared support for an independent Kurdish state on June 29. The Zionists have a long history of meddling in other countries’ affairs and they have backed Kurdish ambitions for independence to break up the countries in which they reside.

A Kurdish state in northern Iraq had de facto existence but its de jure creation would immediately destabilize a number of countries including Iran, Syria and Turkey because Kurds reside in each of them.

This is precisely what the west and the Zionists want. American vice president Joe Biden had said as early as 2006 when he was a senator that Iraq should be partitioned into three independent states: Kurdistan, a Sunni state in the middle and a Shia state in the south.

With ISIS thrust into Iraq, aided and abetted by former Ba‘athist soldiers, the US, Saudi Arabia and a number of other Arabian regimes, the plan for Iraq’s partition has advanced considerably.

To lend credence to Saudi involvement, the Saudi-owned Dubai-based al-Arabiya channel announced today that the Saudi regime has ordered 30,000 troops to the Iraqi border because of alleged Iraqi troop withdrawal from there.

Iraqi military spokesman Lt. Gen. Atta al-Mousawi rejected the Saudi claim as a “lie” saying it was aimed at demoralizing Iraqi troops.

Meanwhile Barzani has made his intentions clear with the assertion that the referendum and possible independence “will strengthen our position and will be a powerful weapon in our hands.”

Indeed. With an independent state and in control of oil resources as well as occupying strategic space, an “independent” Kurdistan would be a tool in the hands of imperialists and Zionists. In return for lavish handouts, such a state would act to destabilize regional states Iran, Syria and Turkey.

The Kurds have been steadily making moves towards independence. They have maintained autonomous status since 1991, thanks to the US invasion of Iraq and imposition of an illegal no fly zone that enabled the Kurds to strengthen their grip in the north. In 2005, they also held a non-binding referendum on independence.

Interestingly, the Kurds have expanded their territory by up to 40 percent in recent weeks in the wake of ISIS incursions into western and northern Iraq. This is in line with the creeping annexation the Zionists have mastered for decades.

It is not surprising that the Kurds would adopt the same policy.


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