David Ignatius Should Hit the History Books (or at least Google)

The Washington Post columnist David Ignatius writes about the ongoing Kurdish protests against Kurdish President Masud Barzani and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan boss (and Iraqi President) Jalal Talabani’s corruption and nepotism, and hits many of the same points that have been covered here.

But he also includes this howler: “The possibility that a Kurdish leader might seek help from Iraqi Arabs would have been unimaginable several years ago.” Perhaps Ignatius might want to remember just 15 years ago, when Masud Barzani, in order to preserve his power during the intra-Kurdish civil war, invited Saddam Hussein’s hated Republican Guards into Erbil to prop him up and expel Talabani.

Remember, this was just eight years after Saddam Hussein had been using chemical weapons against Barzani’s fellow Kurds. Barzani may embrace the rhetoric of Kurdish nationalism, but when push comes to shove, he showed 15 years ago that he’d rather work with a genocidal dictator than give up any personal power.

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