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2004-09-14

Risks in the Kurdish areas of Iraq 

Edward Hughes has an interesting post at Fistful of Euros about the complicated situation in the Kurdish controlled regions of Iraq, and the associated political risks involving Turkey and the EU. He ends with an important reminder:
In conclusion I would like to point out that it is not my purpose here to single out for condemnation the long-suffering Kurds. What I think we should by now be well able to see, whether it be from evidence in Bosnia, Chechenya, Kosovo or Afghanistan, is that being the victim of oppression doesn’t turn you into a Saint. More likely it precipitates desires for revenge and retaliatory action which, in an exploding circle of violence, have the potential to get seriously out of hand. This much at least we should have been able to learn.


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