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Do Iraqi Kurds Appreciate the U.S. Sacrifice?

In a column in the Wall Street Journal, Nechervan Barzani, prime minister of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government wrote: 

“The Kurdish people of Iraq suffered under Saddam Hussein. And we fought and died alongside Americans to liberate our country. There is no ambiguity about the depth of gratitude that Kurds feel for America’s sacrifices in Iraq. Americans who have been killed or wounded in Iraq are heroes to me and to all of Iraq’s Kurds. We will never forget what you have done for us.”

It is good to hear.  Especially since on March 5, 2008, the Kurdistan Regional Government representation to the United States — run by Jalal Talabani’s son Qubad — sent out an e-mail on their list endorsing a report by radical leftist groups condemning the Bush administration for lying to the Americans to start a war for oil, a cheap play to anti-war populism, presumably based on his calculation that he must cultivate Democrats.  It is a shame that Qubad has yet to apologize.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.

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