Straying a little from normal blog posts, I thought I would peruse over the Opinion page and see what other more qualified and more intelligent writers had to say about what is going on in the world. Among those articles the most intriguing over course was the piece by Atran and Stone concerning the Kurds and their more than outstanding effort against ISIS.
In the months past the US has been had a very interesting hand in the politics and policies against ISIS and its compatriots and for many in office and out, there has been criticism and support. Many however believe that the US has not done enough to truly stand against the terrorist regime and they most certainly l have not done enough in supporting others in the region that would most be beneficial to us. As we have seen in the past, the US has not done so well with choosing its allies and friends in the fight against terrorist or hardened tyrannical regimes. Partially the blame would be on fault ridden intelligence and plain ignorance towards whom we’ve labeled and those ally. The fate of Ahmad Massoud could be traced to our lack in help and realization that he would have been the most beneficial ally in the fight against the Taliban. Now, we have found it necessary to team up with Iran and other local militia while almost blatantly ignoring the best group for the job. WE have ignored the Kurdish forces that have done so much for the state of Iraq in fighting ISIS and as a result we have left another potential ally that is friendly to the US (or at least friendly enough), but who are not extremist in ideal but more moderate and has proven their commitment to humanity by their protecting of Christians and even other Muslims that have fled to their region. The US cannot afford to make another mistake and must do all it can by supporting the Kurds. Our problem is that we’re so scared and so tuck-tail prone that we’d rather appease the Iranians, Saudis and other un-friendlies to us, that we go blind or leave destitute the few that would help us in our most dire situations. Maybe the veterans aiming to join the Kurds can prove to the administration and other military forces of the benefits of helping and fighting along side the Kurds.
Hope against hope that we don’t see another tragedy as happened to Massoud and his Lions that could have taken out the Taliban and established a better government, one more open minded, yet focused on uniting all Afghans and not on pursuing religiously twisted dogma.