Kurdistan Rising
Kurds Ask for Western Weapons
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  • Pete

    Will the pay for the weapons or do they expect them for free?

    • Andrew Allison

      I think the idea is that since they are, in Garfinkle’s words “America’s most viable [I’d say only] potential ally as Iraq collapses”, we should help them contain ISIS. There may be a bit of opportunism involved, but surely it’s obvious that the Kurds deserve our help.

      • Pete

        Perhaps, bit it still strikes me that nobody pays for anything in life but the U.S. taxpayer.

    • Breif2

      Your presumed preference for us not to send them weapons for free is reasonable. But keeping in mind that, as mentioned in the post, the Kurds are facing weapons that we gave out for free, their annoyance with us will also be reasonable. In the meantime, the article details how the Kurds are not even being allowed to buy weapons with cold hard cash. You can imagine just how that makes them feel about the West.

      (Combating ISIS is paramount! To do so, we should even cooperate with Iran and Assad! But with the Kurds? Well, that’s out of the question, as this would interfere with our fantasy of a united Iraq. A united Iraq in which the Kurds would once again be at the mercy of the Arabs. But it’s not as if the Kurds deserve independence, after all. Who do they think they are, Palestinian Arabs?)

      “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy.”

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