Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Remembering the brave decision of Prime Minister John Major and President George H W Bush to protect Iraq's Kurds

This (http://www.progressonline.org.uk/2016/04/05/the-kurdistan-no-fly-zone-25-years-on/) is a superb article from Gary Kent about the 25th anniversary of the establishment by John Major and George HW Bush of a no-fly zone over northern Iraq (and one over southern Iraq which protected Iraq's Shia). The northern one stopped Saddam Hussein's genocide against the Kurds, which had claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and seen the use of chemical weapons on multiple occasions, culminating in the Halabja atrocity. It also helped allow the development of the independent, democratic, tolerant, outward-looking Kurdistan Region in Iraq which I had the great privilege of visiting twice in 2013 thanks to Gary Kent and Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, the Kurdistan Regional Government's High Representative in Washington DC. I wrote about my visits here http://slingerblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/first-published-at-progressonline-on-19.html?m=1 and here http://slingerblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/my-article-in-spectator-blog-and-wall.html?m=1