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posted 05 June 2004 03:34 AM      Profile for clockwork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Day 310:
But Galbraith says that isn't necessarily true. "The Kurds are in the position of being king-makers," he explained to Chatterbox earlier today, because "both sides want their support." Indeed, Galbraith argues, the Kurds have already obtained substantial leverage from the intense political rivalry between Sunnis and Shiites. Moreover, Galbraith argued in a November essay for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's Arab Reform Bulletin , the Kurds have created "facts on the ground" that the passage of time makes harder to undo. To this Chatterbox must add that every dire prediction the "Kurd Sellout Watch" has made about the fate of the Kurds has thus far proven untrue.

Day 459:
The Kurds have laid down an ultimatum. If they are not granted the rights they've enjoyed since March under the Governing Council's Transitional Administrative Law, they will, in effect, secede from Iraq.
If the United Nations adopts a resolution that fails to include the protections the Kurds seek, will they follow through on this threat? Chatterbox has no idea. But it's clear that Barzani and Talabani are tired of seeing Shiite leader Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani get rewarded again and again for his petulance. Two (or, in this case, three) can play that game.

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