Why U.S. should support independence for Kurds
August 14th, 2014
10:51 AM ET

Why U.S. should support independence for Kurds

By Sen. Conrad Burns (Ret.), Special to CNN

Editor's note: Conrad Burns was a U.S. senator for Montana from 1989 to 2007. The views expressed are his own.

In his first inaugural address, Ronald Reagan laid out his vision for re-establishing the United States as an "exemplar of freedom and a beacon of hope for those who do not now have freedom." This was hardly a new concept in 1981, yet as President Reagan assumed the presidency, the notion that the United States could, and should, serve as a guiding light to help guide peoples and nations in their quest for freedom was much in need of revival.

Today, as headlines are dominated by the growing threat posed by the extremists of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria to Iraq's Kurdish minority and the region, the United States faces a similar crisis of character.

America still serves as a guiding light against the stark backdrop of an increasingly troubled world, but I often wonder if the American people are fully aware of just how brightly this beacon shines or the effect it has on people from all walks of life, from every corner of the globe. It is time we as a nation concentrated our efforts on leading by example and renewing our commitment to helping those that continue to fight for freedom and the right to self-determination.

As a United States senator, I was extremely engaged in events in the Middle East, and I have remained involved since by working closely with companies and people in the region promoting American businesses and technologies in the hopes that increased economic activity would foster better relations and closer cultural ties.

Many of these efforts have centered on the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Over the last eight years, I have come to know and respect the people of Kurdistan and have witnessed first-hand their struggle for freedom and their desire to become a free and independent nation. I have also seen how the United States has served as an inspiration to the Kurdish people and how our own nation's history has inspired their leaders to seek autonomy from the Republic of Iraq and pursue prosperity by promoting freedom and liberty within their own borders.

Indeed, despite multiple wars, a despotic dictatorship and constant threats, Kurdistan has flourished in a part of the world rife with instability and misery. Today, Kurdistan boasts internal stability and security and reflects the American spirit of inclusion and tolerance. Kurdistan is one of the few places in the region where Muslims, Christians and Jews are living openly and comfortable side by side, without the fear of oppression or subjugation.

Meanwhile, Kurdistan is developing a strong and diversified economy based on agricultural, natural resources, tourism and industry – all of which are powered by hard work of Kurdish people and the emerging middle class.

The people of Kurdistan have been striving for independence and the right of self-government for generations. They have been close several times only to be struck down by outside world powers. They have endured atrocities and have paid the price for freedom. And it is therefore time that the United States took heed of these sacrifices and fulfilled its moral obligation to support the people of Kurdistan and their ambitions for freedom and national sovereignty.

Undoubtedly, there will be those that argue that the United States should not interfere with the internal politics of foreign nations. They will argue that our interest in the region is based solely on the vast reserves of natural resources that Kurdistan possesses. Such doubters fail to understand the true importance of supporting freedom and are ignoring the ambitions of the Kurdish people.

True, Kurdistan's location and natural resources make it a very attractive strategic partner of the United States and our allies, but such political and strategic considerations should not be at the forefront of our decision-making process.  Instead, we should support independence for Kurdistan because it is the right thing to do, and because America should – and must – remain the guiding light for those in pursuit freedom.

In his farewell address, President Reagan returned to the notion he set forth in his inaugural address by stating that America is "still a beacon, still a magnet for all who must have freedom, for all the pilgrims from all the lost places who are hurtling through the darkness, toward home."

For generations the people of Kurdistan have navigated through the darkness of oppression and sacrifice with bravery and determination, all while keeping an unwavering eye on freedom's beacon. Now it is time for America to stand tall, voice our support, and provide our full assistance as they seek to emerge from the darkness and find comfort and rest in their new home – the Independent Republic of Kurdistan.​​

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  1. The "compassionate" GOP Solution

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    August 14, 2014 at 1:22 pm |
  2. Joseph McCarthy

    We Americans need to do everything necessary to support the Kurds in the quest for a homeland instead of cowtowing to the Turks. This has been going on far too long!

    August 14, 2014 at 2:46 pm |
    • Ferhat Balkan

      Hey Joseph, can you please stop your ignorant communist propaganda? Turkey has been a long time ally and a democratic secular state. Why don't you go back to the cave you crawled out of and let the international community decide what to do? And by the way, it"s not "cowtowing", it's kowtowing.

      August 14, 2014 at 3:40 pm |
      • Joseph McCarthy

        Really, Ferhat? Do you consider George Washington, Nathan Hale, Ben Franklin, Alexander Hamilton and our other founding fathers to have been Communists, too? Do you oppose self-determination in each and every case?

        August 14, 2014 at 7:11 pm |
      • j. von hettlingen

        Turkey does support Kurdish independence! It's up to the Kurds whether they want to be part of Iraq. They wouldn't mind it, if they get what they want from the new government under al-Abadi – high degree of autonomy and self-determination.

        August 16, 2014 at 3:50 pm |
      • Joseph McCarthy

        Are you kidding, j. von hettlingen? Then why is Turkey fighting to keep northern Kurdistan?

        August 17, 2014 at 2:58 pm |
      • Ferhat Balkan

        No, he's not kidding Joseph. Turkey expressed support for a independent Kurdistan in Northern Iraq:

        August 17, 2014 at 4:04 pm |
    • Ender

      One day the Turks won't need America and its so called alliance. Ottoman was strong as Ameica and the French were ally with them until Napeleonic age. We he Turks know about American plans on mesopotamia. You need more than 150000 troops in Iraq and Syria. Kurds can't defend themelves even if they have the most advanced weaponry. They are the armies of untrained militia. One day Americans will repent for supporting PKK. They and their ally I mean "Israel" repent for bombing Baghdat to stoneage repent fo that. Arabs are more intelligent than you Americans think. They are noticing your plans. Turks defeated the strongest armies in history. You the Americans want very much from the minorities in Iraq. All of these cause mor people to die. Iran Turkey and even Russia wont let you to achieve your goal. You say Turkey is our ally then you bring weapons to PKK. You hit your own helicopters considering them as Turkih helicopters. We all know your plans. You liberate the Kurds after bombing and invading Iraq. You must protect them bringing 200000 men in Iraq. Consider Iraq has more veterans now. Fire can't be extinguised by throwing fuel. Everytime you killed more and more people to libarate the World and bring peace. Read the history of Ottoman from Europen libraries.

      October 10, 2014 at 3:25 pm |
  3. Roj

    Hey Ferhat, can you please stop your ignorant propaganda. We know Turkey very well. What democracy are you talking about? Bull >>> putting an MP in jail for ten years just because she spoke Kurdish!! The governer of Amed ( Dirabakir) was sentenced eleven years in prison also because he said he is a Kurd in your democratic Turkey ! Who crawled out of the caves of east Asia and destroyed Constantinople! and took the land of Greeks and Kurdistan!! Your Erdogan is a secular democratic!!! come and live in the 21st century wake up! it's not Middle Ages you can bluff what you want. few clicks and your secular and democratic Turkey is naked!!! It is simple to prove your belief in democracy! Support the will of Kurdish People of having their own state- Kurdistan! Prove it now! It's easy. Joseph can read your comment!

    August 14, 2014 at 6:21 pm |
    • Ferhat Balkan

      Hey Roj, why don't you stop living in the past? Unless you've been buried under a rock for the past 10 years, you seem to know very little, except yesterdays propaganda. Kurds are free to speak Kurdish. Kurds have free Kurdish TV (TRT6). Kurds have their own political party (BDP). Kurds had their Presidential candidate in 2014 elections (Selehattin Demirtas). There was even a Kurdish president (Turgut Ozal). So Roj, please get out and smell the fresh air before you spew your ignorance.

      August 14, 2014 at 6:30 pm |
      • Araras

        KURDISTAN will and is the corner Stone of democracy and peace with stability all we can see that Jews . Christian and Muslims lives together for common purpose such as to prosper. Besides America has a duty as a friend to protect Kurdistan same like Israel because we are surrounded by Iran and Turkey also isis Arab terrorist so we will be the main front line against those murderous regime like Iran and Turkey besides we can form alliances with our friend the region like Jordan Israel and Georgia to knockout any threat like terrorist or other threat such as energy threat facing European union . Also it's our land belongs to us we haven't invaded or causing trouble instead Iran and Turkey with Arab fanatic causing all this crisis so we are alone providing food and shelter for million refuge without help from the Un even country like Britain has never done that . Britain provided couple stuff Bbc mentioned million times ! But a Britain caused our citizen to die in the first place by deciding kurdistan !!!

        August 15, 2014 at 1:31 pm |
    • Ender

      You are unthankful and ignorant. You cant trust even your relatives. People like you burned the schools hospitals and even your brothers ( I mean Kurdish) homes and shops If you want to establish a Kurdish government in Iraq you have to get along well with Turkey. I dont know why I am telling these to someone like you. Kurds missed the train. he governed Erbil Mosul even Baghdat bu now winds are chaged. They killed inocent and confiscated lands in Mosul and Kerkut. They sold the Iraq petrol. They think Arabs and Turks as inferior. You think you are burning shop schools and hospitals in good purpose but maybe GOD wont support you and your greedy intentions. To establish a government needs sacrificience can you exchange your life to establish a country in Iraq?

      October 10, 2014 at 3:41 pm |
    • Dean Simmons

      The first time I heard the word "KURDS" was when the IRAQI ARMY GASSED A VILLAGE and most of the people dropped in there tracks seems to me the kurds are the only ones saving the christians and restore peace to the region.

      April 29, 2015 at 8:49 am |
  4. Kurderani

    @Ferhat Balkan, I must say u r right to certain extent. No need for insults. Just facts. I think turkey is a democracy even though not a perfect one at the moment. These things need some time and the ppl must be onboard. As such there is free courts and free media and free election mostly. This will benefit all ppl living in your country.

    But what has happened the last 10 yearsis wonderful i think and a great thing for kurds and turks. But before this, the kurds denied the existence of a ppl such as kurds despite making up 20 % of the countries population. Torture and killings were systematic. You could be fined for speaking kurdish in public. 6000 villages were demolished to try to combat pkk. Celebrating newros (our new year) was illegal, Kurdish, dance, music and language forbidden across all aspects of life. In all these countries(iran, turkey, "iraq") there was programs to annihilate our culture and language(sort of like the scottish ppl, but much more brutally, sadam, the shah + ata turk) Its hard to forget these things just cause turkey has become so much better last 10 years. We r one nation, have our culture, our language and have not taken anyones land. We been there for milleniasl Why should we not have our own country? We could all flourish, have great economies, trade and create something akin to EU in that area including Iran. We dont claim anyones land. We r not better or worse then any other ppl, Just want same rights as all other nations and ppl. The only reason we are part of these counries is because these countries have more tanks, airplanes etc. We do not want to be part of any of these countries.

    And finally i am very glad how turkey has turned out. I am kurd from iran and never thought i would say that turket is much more civilised and modern currently then iran. All the best to both ppl 🙂

    August 14, 2014 at 7:32 pm |
    • Ferhat Balkan

      Kurderani, there are no perfect democracies that I know of. Mankind strives for it with rough tumbles. Even some of the most advanced and forward thinking democracies have their flaws. Indeed, free democratic elections are how most problems meet peaceful solutions. I have nothing against Kurds as we Turks have lived with them for more than a thousand years. What is in the past is in the past. One must look to the future and celebrate it, for we have seen progress and freedom. There have been many injustices in the past to both Kurds and Turks. There's plenty of blame to go all around. Kurdish PKK killing innocent civilians for the past 30 years that has resulted in the deaths of over 30,000. Roadside bombs, kidnappings, school shootings, suicide bombings, innocent women and children being killed etc. All done by the PKK. But let's put all that aside and achieve peace. Kurds are no longer oppressed and PKK no longer kills innocent civilians. I have a hope that the Kurdish people will achieve independence in Northern Iraq and in time form a strong economic and political ties with Turkey. I also hope that one day, the Kurds in Iran will also be treated equally. Best wishes, Ferhat.

      August 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm |
      • Araras

        Really! Turkish murderous rigeme and racist generals killing innocent women's and children on a Dailly basis for the past 85 years so are you for real fella! Yes Turkey has changed its tune due to the fact that if Kurdistan was not stable all refugees will be in Turkey plus PKK is a formidable force who can inflict a dire consequence on Turkish economy but Kurdish leaders in Kurdistan broke a deal with Turkish Pm to stop the fight and compromise yes I a green Turkey has changed but they should apologise to kurdistan and compensate our brothers and sisters in Kurdistan by admitting genocide ! Kurdistan is a peaceful nation remember !!

        August 15, 2014 at 1:45 pm |
      • Ferhat Balkan

        @Araras: Get a grip. If Turkey was doing a "genocide" as you mention, then how come 20% of the population in Turkey is Kurdish? You're obviously living in a fantasy land. Don't forget, Turkey hosted nearly a million refugees from Syria (many of them Kurds). Provided them with shelter, schools and medicine. Did that just happen to cross your mind somehow?

        August 15, 2014 at 2:06 pm |
      • Aras

        I think u right u gave shelter to Arabs!! Did you know Turkish regime and murderous and coward soldiers killing innocent women and children with Un armed man! Turkey is invaded Kurdistan whatever happen Turkey has no right to treat our people in own home and that way whilst criticising Israel just for the sake of using stupid Arab terrorist in favour of Turkey. I agree Turkey has changed plus there arte some nice Turkish people who treat Kurdish people same like Turkish . It's in all turkish and kurdish interest to make lasting peace and Turkey show remorse for they have done to Kurdish civilian centre after all Kurdistan is a great country with no violence and common respect besides in the history of Kurdistan we never violated any country except our nation has been betrayed by our neighbours but don't forget a kurdistan will never be defeated because we have brave nation with great history

        August 15, 2014 at 5:49 pm |
      • Ferhat Balkan

        No, once again you're wrong. Turkey did not only provide shelter to Arabs. Nearly half of all the refugees that fled Syria are ethnic Kurds. And guess what? Turkey also provided shelter to Yazidi Kurds fleeing IS:
        So, as usual, you think wrong. Because you're biased and you don't rely on facts.

        August 15, 2014 at 11:30 pm |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      This does not take away the fact that the Kurds have a moral right to their own homeland just as the Israelis do. At least, give the Kurds a plebiscite. The Russians did as much for the Crimean people back in April.

      August 14, 2014 at 9:13 pm |
      • Ferhat Balkan

        Joseph, you know as well as I do that the Russians didn't give a choice to anyone, except to themselves. Putin said that Crimea was historically part of "Novorossiya", thus it belonged to the Russians.... Well, if that is true, then why didn't he hand over Crimea to the Tatars? The Tatars lived in Crimea for a thousand years before the Russians ever did!

        August 14, 2014 at 9:31 pm |
      • Joseph McCarthy

        And the Goths lived there another thousand years before the Tartars. As a language, Gothic German survived there up to the early 1700's. Yes, Crimea was inhabited by many different peoples over time.

        August 15, 2014 at 2:32 pm |
      • Ferhat Balkan

        Yes, except for the fact that the Goths are virtually nonexistent in Crimea. They mostly migrated to Western Europe a long time ago. On the other hand, there are many Tatars living in Crimea, but no one ever asked them or considered them when the Russians were doing their illegal vote, did they? Stalin tried to wipe them out. Now they're at the mercy of the Russians again.

        August 15, 2014 at 4:21 pm |
      • Joseph McCarthy

        Not all of them, Ferhat. Some Goths did remain in Crimea as both the Ostrogoths and the Visigoths invaded the Roman Empire. These people were henceforth known as the Crimean Goths.

        August 16, 2014 at 9:11 am |
      • Ferhat Balkan

        Let's say that is true Joseph. Then, why doesn't Putin hand over Crimea to the Goths? Since he's basing his decision on historical background. According to him, Crimea belongs to the Russians since it belonged to Russia not that long ago.. Yet, before the Russians there were the Tatars and before that the Goths. If history is so much important to him, why not give it to either the Tatars or Goths? Why does he have to be a hypocrite? Oh, wait... He IS a hypocrite! As a matter of fact, he's nothing but a Russian thug!

        August 17, 2014 at 5:05 pm |
    • Ender

      You say you are living in Iran as a Kurd. How do you know the situation in Turkey. A Kurd can be a candidate for presidency in Turkey. Kurd has every right in Turkey but they have ambition to establish a country. They dont know about justice and human rights but they talk about them. Naionalist Kurds burned the shops of other Kurds in Diyarbakır Van etc. I wont burn my brothers shop to establish a nation country etc. I will sacrifice my life if there is a need to defend my country. We dont call anybody you are a Kurd . We dont make segregation to Kurds but they separate themselves from Turkish nation. Why Kurds and Turks cant be brothers as Scotish and English?

      October 10, 2014 at 3:55 pm |
  5. chri§§y

    There is no such thing as a "perfect democracy"! In fact there is very little in life that is "perfect"!

    August 14, 2014 at 10:39 pm |
  6. chri§§y

    My apology @ Ferhat...i missed that you had already posted that.

    August 14, 2014 at 10:41 pm |
  7. chri§§y

    And @ Joseph, Israel may have a moral right to their own homeland...but that does give them a right to take someone else's!!! Or to kill innocent civilians to get THEIR land!

    August 14, 2014 at 10:45 pm |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Are you implying the the British were innocent, chrissy? If you believe that, then I have a bridge in Brooklin, NY I'd like to sell to you!

      August 15, 2014 at 2:34 pm |
  8. George Patton

    Chrissy, if they are on the way, they will get hurt, maybe even killed. They are casulties of war. Stop your belly aching and be a real American for once, will you?

    August 15, 2014 at 12:50 am |
    • Ender

      chissy is right. You the Americans are always good guys but the realty is that jews bombed the innocent peoples' homes. They buried people in their homes but jews are good guys they first sent an unarmed missile then they sent an armed missile so they give three minutes for Palestenians. This is like a game isnt it? A nasty joke isn it? Would you like it if a Russian does it to your people Patton? Think about it

      October 10, 2014 at 4:05 pm |
  9. Arin Meberg

    If ISIS supporter Kurd-asimilating Turkey is a democratic country then I am Brad Pitt. 🙂 Perfect democracy not perfect democracy. All you talk is typical politic nonsense. I am a Kurd and I am an human being. As like all other human beings I need to live in peace in my homeland where I can grow up my children with my culture and let them protect what I have inherited from my ancestors. Our children are still brain washed and being turkisified at state schools. Turk-Sunni muslim synthesis is still alive as before. When all cultures in Turkey gains equal rights then I can talk about democracy in Turkey.

    August 15, 2014 at 1:47 am |
    • Ferhat Balkan

      Then apparently, you're Brad Pitt 🙂 Kurd's are no longer being assimilated. That's yesterday's news some 10 years ago. Today, kurds can have Kurdish names and even go to private schools teaching in Kurdish. As for public Kurdish schools, that can also change over time. You should know as well as I do that such huge reform doesn't happen overnight. It takes time.

      August 15, 2014 at 1:47 pm |
      • Arin Meberg

        Yeter Ferhat Kürt değilsin ve Kürtlerin adına konuşup duruyorsun. Ferhat you go support your new ISIS supporting president Erdoğan. People like you will never change. You refuse realities with political lies. I dont trust Turks, Arabs and Persians. You and your beliefs has always been enemy of our existence. Today, in the name of the one god Allah the satans are on the duty once more. How many times did you hear that your Tayip called those monsters terrorists?

        August 16, 2014 at 8:47 am |
  10. Arin Meberg

    US should support Kurds because they are the most tolerable people of the middle-east. US should remember its history and remember when they lived under British control. US should remember how it is to be enslaved in your homeland how is tastes freedom when you are not free. They know how is to be hated for no reason. Therefore they prefer not to hate. They prefer to protect innocent ones. They learnt a lot from their mistakes in the past. As a Kurd I want to live with all of my neighbors no matter what their believe or ethnicity is. Most of Kurd see their-selves first as a Human and then a Kurd.

    August 15, 2014 at 1:56 am |
  11. Joji

    Turkey must stop ISIS using its borders and attacking Kobane and other Kurdish cities.The Turkish admisinistration has not show fully that their against this evil force.They need to do more so that the innocent civil people do not lose their life.There are still some elements in Turkey that help ISIS in every way.ISIS have been treated in Turkish Hospital.They have held public appearences in large group in the middle of IStandbul.So How can a Nato member allow that?

    August 15, 2014 at 6:40 am |
    • Ferhat Balkan

      Unless you haven't been reading the news lately, you would know that Turkey has been cracking down on ISIS. Many have been caught and arrested. As for the protesters and people being treated in the hospital, that's BEFORE the events in Iraq, or did you conveniently omit that?

      August 15, 2014 at 1:29 pm |
      • Arin Meberg

        Ferhat is lying. He is typic AKP supporter. Supports you when he has economic interests for himself.

        August 16, 2014 at 8:51 am |
      • Ferhat Balkan

        No, I'm not lying. Everything I've said thus far has been supported by facts. None of you who opposed me provided any. So who's lying?

        August 16, 2014 at 4:52 pm |
  12. Joji

    Kurdistan is united with all its forces and with support of civilization to fight this evil and barbaric force.The Kurdish nation is gratefull to USA, EU and to all those who have support in their fight.

    August 15, 2014 at 6:43 am |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Then why is Kurdistan divided between Iraq and Turkey instead of being independent, Joji? Your post above makes no sense. Moreover, neither the U.S. Nor the EU support an independent Kurdistan!

      August 17, 2014 at 2:55 pm |
    • Ender

      We saw EU and USA in Ukraine. You must do your fight my friend. USA soldiers wont die for your freedom go and fight in Kobane if yo want to

      October 10, 2014 at 4:11 pm |
    • Ender

      I am a Turk and I dont want my brothers die for Kurds. Thats Kurds war. Its easy to start a war but nobody knows how it ends. Turks are one of ten great nations in the World. Turkey dosnt need an adventure

      October 10, 2014 at 4:15 pm |
  13. chri§§y

    Lol @ George Patton but i am a "Real American" thats what gives me the right to disagree with you! And that isnt a war its a genocide! Israel is trying to "murder" all palestinians just so they can steal their land. And speakin of "bellyachin"...for a dead guy you sure do an awful lot of that!

    August 15, 2014 at 7:46 am |
  14. Chen-Hui

    An independent Kurdistan would become a second Israel for the USA as a staunch ally in the Middle East. It would be a game-changer in Middle Eastern politics. The Kurds, along with large populations in Iran (the people of Tehran in particular) and in much of Israel, are beacons of light in the chaos of the Middle East – it's progressive and secular with greater gender parity for women than the Arab world by far and shares many values of the West (indeed, a large part of the Kurdish middle-class was educated in Europe).

    August 15, 2014 at 1:27 pm |
    • Ender

      Israel have ports and well educated population. Kurds burn schools and hospitals. Turks build shools for them but they burn it. How can Kurds become second Israel? Their militia doesnt have army training. Peshmerge seems to be good soldiers if you look at their uniform but I dont call them soldiers because they didn't have enough traning. They had 20 years from first gulf war. They could raise a well trained army in 20 year time

      October 10, 2014 at 4:24 pm |
  15. Bakhtiar Dargali

    We, members of the Kurdish-American community & their friends, are demonstrating today in Dallas to bring to focus that the imminent threat that terror poses to the humanity and to the stability of the Middle East.
    The people of Kurdistan (Muslims, Yezidi Kurds, and christens) are threatened by a fanatical and barbaric terrorist organization, ISIS, that wishes to dominate Middle East. The Kurdish people are resolved firmly to defeat this threat but need urgent help of the United States and our friends around the world.There can be no overstating how perilous the situation is. The terrorist blitzkrieg of the Islamic State (ISIS) has swept from Syria into Iraq, with its goal of conquering and controlling a large swath of the world. The massive slaughter of civilians and destruction of Kurdish & Christians is underway by this outlaw & lethal ISIS terror group..
    We, the Kurdish people, are the United States’ staunch allies in the region, and we have the only force in the area with the means and will to protect thousands of lives from the horrors that these terrorists bring. For centuries, this area of Kurdistan has been home to multiple religions and sects. Not anymore. As a first order of business, terrorists ordered Christians to convert to Islam, pay an exorbitant tax or suffer deadly consequences. Those not conforming have been killed in the most horrific of manners. For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is virtually empty of Christians. Hundreds of thousands of residents, including Christian and Yazidi religious minorities, are at immediate risk of being slaughtered. There can be no doubt that this fits the description of genocide.
    We ask you to call the White House & your members of US Congress. Urge them to help Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and arm Kurdistan’s army with sophisticate weapons so they can defeat this devil ISIS terror organization and bring civility, tolerance, and coexistence t the area. The ongoing genocide of Kurdish Yezidis & Christian communities by ISIS terror is not an internal matter.
    Only a strong, independent, and well armed state of Kurdistan can defeat and pierce the dark clouds of ISIS terror that have spread over the entire Middle East.

    August 15, 2014 at 6:37 pm |
    • Ender

      Are you a christian Kurd? Why do you give importance to christian people in Iraq? The English calculate the value of a missile in Iraq. to protect you people. They dont are about palestenians in Israel. If you are a muslim dont care about Christian. If you are a muslim you are my brother. Give up our ethnic diferences . Americans use this diffrences until the presidency of Kenedy. If gulf wars desert storms didn't happen these people wouldnt die

      October 10, 2014 at 4:33 pm |
  16. Bakhtiar Dargali

    God bless you Senator for humane & courageous stance. Yes! only a true independent Kurdistan repoblic can defeat the dark forces of terror that ISIS initials on it.j

    August 15, 2014 at 6:38 pm |
  17. Arin Meberg

    For humanity's sake support Kurdish forces. For peceful middle-east, support Kurds! We hate nobody! We tolarate every language, belief and colour. We represent what is left to be human in that region. For God's , Allah's , Xuda's, Бог's , Yesdan's sake help us to defeat those evils!

    August 16, 2014 at 8:57 am |
  18. chri§§y

    Lol @ Ferhat good job! And dont you find it odd that someone insults you and says you support this or that and implies theyve had numerous conversations with you on this specific topic...and yet when you look at their user name you CANNOT find one single conversation with THAT name EVER! So given THOSE FACTS you must conclude it is someone who never agrees with you and is using different user names to insult you. See where im going with this? Lol so dear Ferhat, just consider the source and forget about it! Lol

    August 16, 2014 at 6:40 pm |
    • Ferhat Balkan

      Indeed chri§§y, it seems their goal is to simply attack me, instead of engaging in any sort of reasonable debate.

      August 16, 2014 at 11:33 pm |
  19. chri§§y

    That is ALWAYS the goal of that particular troll!

    August 17, 2014 at 10:27 am |
  20. Joe F Matthew

    Joe Biden Was Right!!!

    I am not an authority on international or domestic politics. I am a computer programmer far remove from politics of any kind.

    Immediately after the United States invaded Iraq in 2003, Joe Biden advocated the sorveign independence of Kurdistan. His advocacy was mocked by Washington politicians, pundits and the likes of all stripes. When he became Vice President, he pushed this idea, but was rebuffed.

    Imagine had there become an independent Kurdistan then, there would be on ISIS in Iraq today. An independent Kurdistan would have stood up to any group that would used its territory as base for any aggression against I t's neighbors and western interests.

    So I agree, let the Kurds get their own country. When this happen, the Persian Penisula will becom of peace, tranquility, and economic prosperity instead of a haven of terror as it is today.


    Joe F Matthew
    Cleveland, Ohio

    August 17, 2014 at 3:53 pm |
    • Ender

      America cant establish a Kurdish governmet in Iran Mathew. If America conquers Iran America would collapse like Roman Empire. In Iran there are huge mountains and there is great vast areas. A Roman officer said as fighting in Iran. Persians didnt surreder until last of them killed. They are as courage as Turks.

      October 10, 2014 at 4:40 pm |
  21. Nahrin Kanno

    Can you all above tell me where did you find this Kurdistan??? according to the map where they live now in Northern Iraq, that is ASSYRIA, we Assyrian have not become instinct that you guys think its Ok some other nation can take our Land,.

    September 12, 2014 at 2:14 am |
  22. JustTrue

    If you watch the francophone network of RADIO CANADA, there are many problems, there are pro-slamists and pro islamic state. I couldnt believe it, Marie-eve Bedard was smiling while the Kurdish population was fleeing Kobani under IS attacks. They also always present the Kurds as loosers. They have a pro-sunni arab policy, they re unsound. Im European and I discover islamism is very strong in North america : in the NDP Canada, in the Canadian liberal party, in the arabists democrats of the department of state and in the pro-saoudi pro-turikish US republicans who didnt get the region is changing. We will fight against fundamentalism. The city of MOntreal is rotten by fundamentalist networks now. Look the financial group they created, they called it "I SEE", people here are so rotten, unsound for them islamic state is cool and fashion. MOntreal is a rotten place : avoid coming here.

    November 20, 2014 at 3:02 pm |
  23. خرید کریو

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    December 17, 2014 at 5:36 am |

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