America Has No Allies in Iraq Not Even the Kurds
Note of 2005: This article was written, but so far not published, before United Nations Security Council resolution 1546 (8 June 2004). This resolution gives the facts mentioned in the article further dimensions.
Who are America real allies in Iraq? Of course the US has some of them, but those are the men who have less power and zero popularity. Many will think of Kurds as the allies who no one will doubt about their loyalty, but those who think so are too much optimistic.
The two ruling parties in Iraqi Kurdistan, the one of Masud Barzani and the other of Jalal Talabani, seek just one thing: maintaining they rule in Kurdistan.
This rule and their militias as well, faced the most serious menace immediately after the fall of Saddam when the US forces started disarming them. The tow parties suddenly lost their influence in the region and the great income they used to collect during a decade. They started to send their members and cadres home. The oppressed citizens found themselves free to say what they were afraid of to say during all past years.
When the coalition forces faced the violent resistance in Iraq the two Kurdish parties won again.
Now the Kurdish authorities realize well that their destiny depends on the situation in middle and south of Iraq and the equation became like this: The existence of America in Iraq is vital but in the same time the dilemma facing the American in Iraq will make them gain much.
Once , while sitting with one of the enthusiastic members of Talabani's party and a friend of him watching the conflict in middle of Iraq in the TV I was expecting my friend to say bad things a bout the Iraqi resistance when I saw him simling and heard him saying: that’s good, as much as there are troubles in Iraq the Kurds will benefit.
That is a fact but nevertheless Kurds are not traitors, on the contrary they are loyal to those who do them favor or whom they love, and it was this characteristic of them that Saddam admired.
The public hoped that America will support them and diminish the influence of the two parties in political and economic life. There were thousand of complaints and tens of demonstrations but when America turned to support those parties lot of people felt that America betrayed them. At that time the slogan “long live marines” was common in the free newspapers, but now there is no more such slogans.
Of course, there remain many of Kurds who still look at America as a friend but most of them are supporters of the two ruling Kurdish parties who seek the legitimacy in the events in Iraq. I wrote an article in Kurdish: Falluja the source of legitimacy of Kurdish authority, and whether this title is revealing or not, the fact remains unchanged: America has no allies in Iraq, not even the Kurds.