The American invasion of Iraq has been a success - for the Kurds. Kurdistan is an invisible nation, and the Kurds the largest ethnic group on Earth without a homeland, comprising some 25 million moderate Sunni Muslims living in the area around the borders of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. Through a history dating back to biblical times, they have endured persecution and betrayal, surviving only through stubborn compromise with greater powers. They have always desired their own state, and now, accidentally, the United States may have helped them take a huge step toward that goal.
As Quil Lawrence relates in his fascinating and timely study of the Iraqi Kurds, while their ambition and determination grow apace, their future will be largely dependent on whether America values a budding democracy in the region, or decides to yet again sacrifice the Kurds in the name of political expediency. Either way, the Kurdish north may well prove to be the defining battleground in Iraq, as the country struggles to hold itself together. At this extraordinary moment in the saga of Kurdistan, informed by his deep knowledge of the people and region, Lawrence's intimate and unflinching portrait of the Kurds and their heretofore quixotic quest offers a vital and original lens through which to contemplate the future of Iraq and the surrounding Middle East.
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Quil Lawrence is the Middle East correspondent for BBC/ PRI's The World, and has spent much of the last seven years in Iraq and Kurdistan. He has reported for National Public Radio, the Los Angeles Times, and the Christian Science Monitor, and has won awards for his reporting from Colombia, Sudan and Iraq. This is his first book.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
From Invisible Nation:Kurdistan has everything the Bush administration promised for Iraq. It’s a Muslim state that is prodemocracy, pro-America, and even pro-Israel. So in a dearth of good news, why isn’t the United States crowing about this one great achievement in Iraq? Because Kurdistan’s success could be catastrophic. Like no event since the 1948 creation of Israel, a declared Kurdish state within the borders of Iraq will unite the entire region in opposition, from the Black Sea to the Persian Gulf…The Kurds understand this better than anyone, and have been willing so far to limit themselves to virtual statehood. No force within Iraq can stop them at the moment, and the forces outside have been kept at bay only by the presence of the American army.
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Descrizione libro Condizione libro: New. Kurdistan is an invisible nation, the largest without a homeland: 25 million moderate Sunni Muslims living in the area around the borders of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria. Through a history dating 2,000 years, they have endured persecution and betrayal for centuries, surviving only through stubborn compromise with greater powers. Indeed the Kurdish state is hiding in plain view: comprising three of Iraq’s northern provinces. Lawrence has singular contacts in the Kurdish community and his intimate portrait of the Kurds and their quixotic quest provides a clear guide to their political developments. This is the enigma of the Kurdish leadership in miniature: they are hardier than mountain goats and slicker than lobbyists. ATLANTIC. Codice libro della libreria 2824
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