Kurdistan - Tips
I would say your observations are good and correct.
When people get married in Iraq, they shoot guns,
this caused a lot of deaths at first, because the USA would run over to see, and
it was like interupting a funeral, they was not happy, with a gun in their
Winning the war? What
war, this is just a huge crazy police action and Mafia Clerics or Mullahs are
trying to get to the oil money.
The goal in the war was to stop or delay a nuclear
war, whereby some stupid dictator in the Islamic world attacks Israel, then
Israel nukes them. All this nation builidng crap is not needed, the main goal
was done when we captured Sadaam.
On the other hand Gary, please know, Arbil is not the
same as Mosul or the Arab sections. Kurdistan is a separate country, they even
had different money than the Baghdad part when I was there. The line is drawn a
Mosul, after Mosul and south, there is a different culture.
The world loves the USA and not a big
What maybe you cannot and I think sometimes are
incable of understanding is the duplicity of emotions in a person from poorer
countries. The values of justice and good are so much a part of you, it is hard
to see, they do not even have these values. In an Arabic and Kurdistan, they
respect power, suck up to power, and will more or less agree and say anything in
a real and authentic way. Yet, is a better power comes along, they will shift
their loyalties without a problem to the next person of power or
This type of thinking I was trying to explain to you
about the man in Peru you like so well, I asked my friend Mary, who is married
to a Peru man, who has lived in Peru for 15 years. Who can you loan 100 US
dollars to and know they will return it.
- Andy, you know you cannot loan or give
money to Peru people, they will never pay you back. -
This does not mean you cannot buy shoes or something
from a Peru person and the will do it, it means, there is a limit, some strange
types of cultural quirks we do not understand. Like, a German, they just cannot
accept that person from the USA can or could be smarter than them.
Totally illogical and baffling to incorporate into a
Kurdistan is a separate country. We did win the war,
what we failed to do, was to punish the people of Iraq until they stopped. We
did not beat them to death as we did Germany or Japan. A war is about proving
you are powerful and beat them, until they all have family missing an Arab
believes they are winning. You can see the USA public believes we failed, and
you can see great good happening in Kurdistan.
The problem is now the media, they will twist
anything to make it sound like the big guy is bad and the poor iraqi suicide
bomber had not choice.
I have pretty much decided the normal public is
incapable of understanding the big picture of the world. Descarte, Marx, Freud,
and many others comment on the publc, the masses or the rabble.
In a way, the USA government was designed with the
electoral system to keep the rabble from accidentally making very stupid
decisions. They knew a complete democracy was stupid and foolish.
What George Bush did wrong, was not be brutal enough
to see, he needed to kill and excute every single Islamic leader in Iraq, not
Kurdistan, it is not the central of Iraq.
The USA has in many ways lost the idea of war, it is
to kill the other side, and get complete and utter victory, they want Iraq to
run Iraq, this is stupid, we needed to run Iraq and kill the bad guys, this is
war, not diplomacy.
The will to kill is not in the mind of a person who
always thinks the ideas of justice, fair play and right and wrong are in the
minds of all people on the planet. Sorry to say, this is only in the USA, not in
Europe, some in Europe, a German will act like you are equal, but to observe
their actions is different. The USA has lost the idea of how to deal with very
bad people, we are soft target. Everyone sucks up to us, because they know, we
will just reach for our wallets.
Some interesting data for
The Kurdish Regional Government is planning a memorial in
memory of the sacrifices of the coalition forces (impossible since there was no
coalition, the Iraqis all hate us, and the war is lost, don’t you
I have never seen so much construction (International
airport, governmental buildings, apartments, (an American company built over
1000 in one project) expensive homes or so much construction equipment (assume
Shanghai has a
lot, but haven’t been there)
Schools and governmental agencies are open and
We encountered a high receptivity to doing business with
American firms and widespread English language use (as many of the Kurdish
business leadership have, at one time or another, spent periods outside the
I also noted that the flights into and out of Erbil were full, with many mothers and children, in what
looked to me like visits to family and grandparents. I don’t think this
would have been occurring if they thought safety was an
I heard that much of the faculty from Baghdad University is relocating to one of the
Kurdish Universities. Thus, I would expect them to have the strongest
University in Iraq, and maybe
the Middle East, in the near
I heard that there have been no major security events in
the Kurdish area in at least 2 years, but did not know how to confirm
I was told that the Kurds not only did not want the US to leave but that they would
prefer a permanent base for our troops there. I guess we shouldn’t want
any troops or air power based in a friendly region in the middle of the
The market places were crowded and full of goods including
many shops full of
expensive items such
as gold jewelry.
On the negative
We heard 5 shots while we were there for 5 days, though
they may have been celebratory, rather than aimed, for all I
There are a lot of armed security people and
Still, rather than Harry Reid’s conclusion
that we have lost the war, it looks to me like we have won, at least in this
Let me know what you