Saturday, December 30, 2006

Saddam Execution

Saddam Execution, What do you think?

Saddam Hussein was executed on Saturday December 30, 2006 for killing 148 Shiia in the town of Dujail.

During the 1980s, entire Kurdish towns were destroyed to ensure that survivors would never return to their homes. According to USAID “Since the Saddam Hussein regime was overthrown in May, 270 mass graves have been reported. By mid-January, 2004, the number of confirmed sites climbed to fifty-three. Some graves hold a few dozen bodies—their arms lashed together and the bullet holes in the backs of skulls testimony to their execution. Other graves go on for hundreds of meters, densely packed with thousands of bodies”.

The United Nations, the U.S. State Department, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch (HRW) all estimate that Saddam Hussein's regime murdered hundreds of thousands of innocent people. "Human Rights Watch estimates that as many as 290,000 Iraqis have been 'disappeared' by the Iraqi government over the past two decades," said the group in a statement in May. "Many of these 'disappeared' are those whose remains are now being unearthed in mass graves all over Iraq."

Many think executing Saddam before he faced the genocidal (Anfal) campaigns against the Kurds and Marsh Arabs means we have not had full justice.

What do you think?

Friday, December 22, 2006

Kurdish Peshmarga Should Stay Where They Belong

By Ardalan Hardi

The New York Times reported on Dec. 14th that the Iraqi government wants to replace the U.S. troops in Baghdad with largely Kurdish Peshmarga forces from Kurdistan, to take primary responsibility for security in the Capital of Iraq.

According to NY Times’ Mowaffak al-Rubaie, Iraq’s national security adviser said that the plan was presented during the President Bush and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki meeting in Amman, Jordan, on Nov. 30 2006.

On a phone interview with, Kurdish Aspect, Sheikh Ja’far Mustafa Minster of Peshmarga Forces in Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) denied that there was such a plan, “The news is baseless” he said from Baghdad.

Meanwhile Hawlati reported on Dec. 20th that the Kurdish leaders have reached an agreement with officials in Baghdad for sending Peshmarga for some especial operations in Middle of Iraq.

The source told Hawlati, "the Kurdish leaders opposed to the idea of sending Peshmarga without a plan to Baghdad and fight unknown enemy, but they agree to send Peshmarga for some special operations in some specific areas,"

Nechirvan Barzani, told reporters on his arrival from Baghdad, "if Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki, officially asks the president of Kurdistan to send Peshmarga to the middle of Iraq, then we agree but for some specific purpose,"

The source told Hawlati that Nechirvan Barzani meant "terrorist" groups when he told reporters "specific purpose". The source said that those terrorist groups exist in some parts of Iraq and there are possibilities that they could be attacked and the operation will have a, "clear political purpose"

Yesterday, President Jalal Talabani told Kurdistani Nwe that “Peshmarga is recognized as a legitimate organized military force in the region, therefore the government could benefit by utilizing that force where ever is needed”.

Iraqi government is asking Kurdish forces to do something that neither the Iraqi nor American troops have been able to do: restore stability so that healthy institutions of self-government can begin to develop. Flooding the war zone with Peshmarga forces from the north would be a catastrophe for the Kurdish political future in Iraq. Until now the sectarian violence has been between majority Shiites and Sunnis while the Kurds have been able steer clear of this meaningless slaughter. Moving Kurdish forces to Baghdad will lead to the escalation of violence into the Kurdish region and the current sectarian war might become a Kurd-Arab war. Once Kurdish forces arrive in Baghdad, Shiites and Sunnis may put their disputes aside to fight against the Kurds.

Further more; the current finger pointing of the death squads between Sunni and Shiites will also be directed towards the Kurds. The Kurdish people have already been accused of being the U.S and Israeli agents by the Sunni insurgents and Sadr militiamen. Both groups have constantly rejected Kurdistan federal region. Just recently, Abdulhadi Al Darraji, the representative of the Sadr movement in Baghdad, told Awene, an independent Kurdish newspaper, that they reject KRG and strongly object the article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution, which calls for the normalization of Kirkuk and other disputed areas in Iraq.

Sending Kurdish forces to Baghdad with the hope of putting an end to the bloodshed, is a suicide mission for the Kurds and it could lead to a civil war with no end in sight. It also gives Sadr and Sunni nationalists more excuses spreading their hatred propaganda toward the Kurdish people.

Thus far, Kurdistan has been relatively safe from terrorist attacks. The terrorists have not been able to infiltrate and operate in the Kurdish region. Sending a large number of Peshmarga to the middle of Iraq will weaken the security situation in Kurdistan, and it still may not restore stability in Baghdad.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Vote for independent of Kurdistan
Online Petition for Kurdish Choices

To many Kurds who have found their true identity, Kurdistan resembles a mother that has been suppressed and taken advantage of by four influential men in the Middle East . In this age such a mother should be free to make a choice. In neither part of their ancestral homeland Kurds have been asked about their choices of status quo, federalism, or independence. Unity is a noble idea and should serve all equally. Unfortunately the unity that the governments of dominant ethnic groups advocate has only served them. For this reason over 98% of the Kurdish population in Southern Kurdistan voted for independence in an unofficial referendum in 2004. Many individuals and organizations that support equal right for all believe the Kurds should be allowed to determine their destiny and be given the option of voting for status quo, federalism, and independence in a referendum monitored by the international community. The purpose of this petition is to remind the United Nations about its obligation to defend the right of all nations even the one such as Kurds that are not represented by a state yet. In order to show the free world what the Kurds want, please indicate your choice by signing either an online petition or send us an email or a letter to following addresses:

Please vote here The Undersigned

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The Iraq Study Group report, Good deal for our enemies’ Bad deal for our Kurdish and Jewish friends

Howrie Kirkuki

The invasion of Iraq in 2003 was President Bush's greatest accomplishment in the Middle East. Even though many errors have been made since, freeing the people of Iraq from the Saddam's Baa'th regime will be appreciated by our friends for ever.

The Baker-Hamilton group's recommendations, if implemented will reverse the accomplishments and indirectly reward the terrorists and terrorist-sponsor states.
The beneficiaries of these recommendations will be the Saddamist ( the main terrorist group in Iraq), the regimes of Syria and Iran (These two regimes are the main sponsors of terrorist groups like Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in west bank and terrorist bands and militia groups in Iraq), and the Turks (the Turkish government's refusal to support the invasion, their refusal to allow the collision forces to pass through their territory during the war and the Turkish intelligence involvement in terrorist activities to destabilize the Kurdistan region are well known facts).

The three mention countries have no interest in a free and democratic Iraq. Iran and Syria will make every effort to see US fail in Iraq ,which will prevent future US attacks against their regimes and to derail the democratic process in the region. The common goal of the Syrian-Turkish-Iranian governments is to crush the Kurdistan Regional Government (the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq) and to return to pre 1990 era when Saddam suppressed the Kurds.

The biggest losers are the only two loyal friends in the middle-east, the Jews and the Kurds.
Rewarding Terrorist policy will make Middle-East peace process more difficult and strength the Syrian-Iranian hard line policy against Israel. Syria’s continues interference in Lebanon and assassination of Lebanon's leaders along with the Iranian regime's increase support for Hezbollah are putting more pressure on the Jewish state.

The Kurdistan region of Iraq is the only place in Iraq, where US soldiers are welcomed; there are no terrorists, no civil war. The democratic changes and foreign investment are welcomed. The group's report dismisses all of this progress and indirectly recommends dissolving the autonomous region and the federal system in Iraq.

President Bush's Iraq policy may need adjustments and changes, but the Baker-Hamilton's group recommendations are a recipe for disaster, selling out our friends and a victory for terrorists.