Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Kurdish/Israeli Ties: Lobbying, Expansion and Ethnic Cleansing

I've been working on this one for a bit- It's long, but, if I could do the research and type it up- You can read it :) 
  One of many pet projects at the blog- The  Kurds and the creation of a Kurdish state.
So similar in it’s roots to the creation of Israel. One has to delve more then superficially into this area to make the connections. Many don’t want to. I guess, if I have to, that it’s easier to believe you’re on the right side of some presentation of  history, correcting some perceived wrong, as opposed to just being manipulated again and again.  If I had to guess?

 But mass manipulation is real.  Your perception is managed every day- You & I pick up ideas from a whole host of places- Doesn’t mean we should take these ideas/memes in unquestioningly. Without asking a whole host of questions about that information? Think of the Trivium when you think of information being presented.

 Back to the obvious, to me, synchronicity between the creation of Israel and the work in progress called Kurdistan.When I originally bookmarked the article on July 4/15, that forms the main body of this post, there was a couple of sentences addressing the fact that the Kurdish Lobby was based on the Israeli Lobby- Gone now.  My loss, but, no matter. I can make the connection between the Kurds and Israel/Israeli lobby quite easily.

Just a taste:

Israel Kurdistan Network/Israeli-Kurdish Friendship League

There will be more.

  Might the presence of a strong lobby linked to the Israeli lobby be an impetus for the creation of Kurdistan?  And worse is this lobby, via it's tentacles, reaching far and wide the reason so many support the creation of this 'nation' unquestioningly?

 Long article, I encourage you to read it all, of course. Relevant excerpts will be posted below

 How the Kurds helped draw the U.S. back to Iraq
The United States has a number of interests in Kurdistan, all of which serve to justify Obama’s retraction of the no-engagement policy. For instance, the region is a stable and trustworthy pro-U.S. ally that Washington needs in an increasingly unstable and chaotic Middle East
 It is in a geostrategic area bordering Iran and Syria. It also has the potential to be a great oil-exporting entity and has given contracts to several U.S. companies, including ExxonMobil and Chevron. And Erbil, the Kurdistan region’s capital, hosts a significant number of Americans.

( I have at least one regular visitor from Erbil)
Since the 1990s, and even more so since Saddam Hussein was toppled in 2003, the leadership has pursued a comprehensive foreign policy and diplomatic campaign to add to Washington’s various justifications for protecting the Kurds of Iraq.
Diplomacy is perceived by both the political elite and the general population of Iraqi Kurdistan to be an essential tool for progress. It serves as a uniting force.

The diplomatic approach became essential for Iraq’s Kurds because of one key reality: their autonomy, and ultimately their statehood, would only emerge if they received the green light from neighboring and international states.
The Kurds’ diplomatic efforts are extensive.  An interviewee with inside knowledge of the KRG confided to the author that the KRG has spent millions of dollars on diplomacy, more than it has spent in any other area of operation. ( How many millions?) This includes, for example, training its diplomats on protocol and etiquette as well as diplomatic communications.
 Going back in time. Kurds telling US diplomats that which they want to hear. US diplomats, loving the lies.
According to a U.S. diplomatic cable, Barzani told then U.S. defense secretary Robert Gates that the KRG and the United States both desire a stable and unified Iraq. (lie on both counts) Similarly, KRG Interior Minister Karim Sinjari told a U.S. political adviser that “nearly all” Kurds understand their best hope for a brighter future is to be included as part of Iraq and not in an independent state. (more lies)

Rather than antagonize Washington, the leadership has preferred to compromise and reap the benefits of increased trust.
To show good faith, the KRG leadership has made compromises in its relationship with Baghdad.

In 2009, when the United States required consensus among political actors in the central government to push through an election law that was needed for the upcoming national elections, the Iraqi Kurd leaders, who were threatening to boycott the law because they were unhappy with the parliamentary seat allocation, eventually agreed to give up some of their seats in an effort to please the anxious American leadership. Falah Mustafa told American officials in Erbil that the compromise was worth it because it facilitated a stronger relationship with the U.S. president; building trust with Washington for future commitments guided this decision.

Similarly, the Iraqi Kurd elite compromised on elements of Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution that calls for a referendum to decide whether the Iraqi province of Kirkuk should be annexed to the KRG. Although the deadline for the referendum was technically 2007, the Kurdish leadership, under pressure from Turkey and the United States, ultimately agreed to delay the vote to maintain relations with Ankara and Washington, which did not want the referendum to happen at that time. It has still not taken place. The KRG’s relations with Ankara and Washington have greatly improved following these decisions.(Until the Kurds ramp up their Turkish destabilization campaign with the help of their good friends in Israel) 
Iraqi Kurd diplomats have also positioned themselves as the only reliable actors within Iraq that can pursue the interests of foreign capitals. The leadership continues to stress to Washington that the central government in Baghdad is untrustworthy and incompetent. Kurdish leaders openly present themselves to be the only actors in Iraq who are committed to the constitution, and they attempt to delegitimize Arab Iraqi parties.

During the reign of former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, diplomats even drew comparisons between Maliki and Saddam Hussein. They juxtapose the Kurdistan region’s forward progress in human rights and democratization with Baghdad’s ineffectiveness on these issues to argue that they are natural partners for Washington. 
Such familiar memes
The leaders explain the KRG’s strength as a local partner by using its national parliamentary seats, which become important during every election cycle, to portray themselves as kingmakers in Baghdad.

 The (Kurdish) leadership has consistently argued in Washington that its military, the peshmerga, is the only reliable fighting force in Iraq
. Fuad Hussein told an American audience in Washington in the summer of 2014 that “80 percent of the Iraq army has collapsed.” The diplomats remind their U.S. counterparts that no American soldiers were killed in the Kurdistan region following the 2003 war. After the ISF collapse, the Iraqi Kurd leadership regularly mentioned to leaders in Washington the difference in input versus output between Erbil and Baghdad.

Washington has begun to appreciate the role of the peshmerga. In a Senate hearing on Iraq and Syria, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst stated her support for the peshmerga, saying that “they’re willing to fight. In close combat. And it is truly unmatched by any other group in that region.” Senator John McCain, moreover, has been leading an “arm the peshmerga” campaign.
John McCain. The man hasn't met a destabilizer or a war he can't support, no matter how ugly. 
 More critically, in the battle of Kobane in September 2014, the United
States gave the green light for the Iraqi Kurd peshmerga, rather than
any local Kurdish forces, to move into Syria
to defend the city against
the Islamic State. In doing this, the United States acknowledged the
legitimacy of the peshmerga, not just as a superior force, but as an
army that could carry out operations in another state.

The US gave the green light to Peshmerga forces to move into Syria? This speaks volumes to me, volumes! This speaks of ethnic cleansing. This speaks of Arabs being targeted. Christians targeted. Peshmerga forces killing Syrian Kurds- This speaks loudly and clearly to me  

Senior Iraqi Kurd officials also write opinion pieces in major U.S. newspapers. Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani wrote a piece in the Wall Street Journal in October 2007 in which he justified the KRG’s oil ambitions and attempted to limit any potential anxieties about these ambitions coming from Baghdad-leaning officials in the United States.

A more indirect strategy is to seek to have Iraqi Kurdistan featured in U.S. media outlets. The leadership openly invites documentary makers to Erbil, and Qubad Talabani invited executives from Hollywood’s Sony and Miramax Studios to the KRG to show them the region’s magnificent landscapes and to raise Hollywood’s interest in the Kurdish struggle.
How very "Jewish". Perception management via  the Hollywood tribe

Kurdistan will be the second home for Jews after Israel

Journalist Thomas Friedman was invited to give the commencement address at the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani. While he was there, an aide to former KRG prime minister Barham Salih confirmed that the Iraqi Kurd leadership made sure to showcase the best of the region. Subsequently, Friedman wrote a piece in the New York Times titled “Iraq’s Best Hope” in which he described the Kurdistan region as “an island of decency in a still-roiling sea.”

The editorial boards of several U.S. newspapers have come out in support Iraq’s Kurds. In February 2014, the Washington Post’s editorial board published an article in defense of Masoud Barzani, who was at the time protesting the State Department’s continued designation of his Kurdistan Democratic Party as a tier 3 terrorist organization. The Wall Street Journal, in August 2014, published an editorial that said “our long-time allies in northern Iraq deserve U.S. military support.
Barzani- Jewish Kurd?

JTA spins but in the end doesn't deny the claim. Multiple logical fallacies aside

"To the world’s surprise, it turns out that one of the Kurds’ top leaders
 is actually Jewish and that, as a result, the nascent Kurdish country
will forge a close alliance with Israel, giving the Jewish state another
 toehold in the Middle East and access to the oil riches of the Iraqi
north.  A far-fetched fantasy? Perhaps.... 
Back to main article
The region’s diplomacy prioritizes academic engagements as well. Diplomats often give lectures and talks at think tanks, academic institutions, and public organizations.

Another policy has been to attract key U.S. officials who were already working on Iraq with financial incentives. Zalmay Khalilzad, shortly after his tenure as the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, became an adviser to the Iraqi Kurd leadership. He then set up a company to advise multinational corporations investing in the Kurdistan region. Jay Garner, who was the director of the U.S. Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq, also became financially involved in the region after leaving his job as the Pentagon’s top figure in Iraq. And Ali Khedery, who had previously served in Baghdad with the U.S. Department of State as an adviser to five U.S. ambassadors and three generals, eventually left the State Department and joined ExxonMobil, where he was part of the team that moved ExxonMobil to the Kurdistan region.
For Falah Mustafa, head of foreign relations, having influential Americans invested in the region is another part of public diplomacy insofar as former ambassadors or generals may still carry weight in Washington and can thus speak on behalf of the KRG.

The Kurdistan region seems to be in a fortunate position: it is a relatively stable enclave amid a chaotic region.( Seems to be?)
More critically, its security is backed by the United States and much of the international community. There are clear geostrategic reasons why Washington and other states are keen to protect the region. Most analysis has focused on these reasons and given little agency to the region’s leaders, who as representatives of an unrecognized state have less room to maneuver and are at the behest of stronger regional and international players.
To these authors, the KRG’s situation can almost be chalked up to being in the right place at the right time.

While all this may be true, the region’s diplomats have, to some extent, influenced their own fate. They have done so by pursuing a pragmatic foreign policy and becoming a household name in foreign capitals like Washington, DC, to ensure that the old “no friends but the mountains” maxim is less likely to raise its ugly head in the future.
In plain talk the Kurds, with the help of Israel, have one hell of a lobby group   (or maybe two?) working away to promote their agenda.

The book embedded below is called Neo-Conned- Plug Kurds and Israeli lobby/Israel/CIA etc into the search- That's some good reading ;)

And finally one last piece for this post 

Kurdish soldiers trained by Israelis  
   Newsnight has obtained the first pictures of Kurdish soldiers being trained by Israelis in Northern Iraq. The year is 2006. Watch the report at the link
When the former Israeli special forces soldiers were
sent to Iraq in 2004 they were told they would be disowned if they were

Their role there was to train two groups of Kurdish troops.
One would act as a security force for the new Hawler International
Airport (near Erbil) and the other, of more than 100 peshmerga or
Kurdish fighters, would be trained for "special assignments", according
to one of Newsnight's interviewees.
An Israeli security consulting form called Interop acted as the main
contractor for the Hawler airport project and set up two subsidiaries
(Kudo and Colosium) to carry out work in Iraq.
Kudo and Colosium described themselves as Swiss-registered companies.

  It's a bit tense because you know where you are and you know who you are, and there's always a chance that you'll get revealed

An Israeli trainer

In addition to the training, Kudo provided quad bikes, communications equipment and security fencing.
One of the founders of Interop, and its Chairman until 2003, was Danny
Yatom, a former Head of Mossad - the Israeli foreign intelligence
service and now an MP. He told Newsnight today: "I was not aware of what was done in 2004 and
2005 because I cut all contacts with the company when I entered the Israeli parliament in 2003."
During 2004-5, Interop and Kudo were run by Shlomi Michaels, a former head of Israel's counter-terrorist unit.

A smattering of better then 100 posts regarding the Kurds...

Of course there are many many more posts addressing the campaign of ethnic cleansing being conducted by the Kurdish militias against other Kurds, Christians and Arabs with the aid/assistance and full participation of NATO/Israel 


  1. Congratulations Penny!

    Excellent work. I wonder how long would it take to evoke Queen Helena of Adiabene, and compare her with the Queen of Sheba!

    1. Thanks WizOz :)

      I'm going to have to compare these two queens so I can understand what your are saying.

      What I want readers to understand, what I am hoping they understand is..
      too many support the creation of the imaginary 'Kurdistan' based on memes they have been fed through the media. Through the Hollywood crowd- The big news outlets and the stink tanks aka think tanks

      Then of course their is the lobby crowd- Kurdish? Israeli?
      IsraelKurdishi- my detractors.

      It's very clear the Kurds and Israel are joined at the hip- And have been for a dam long time- so cheering for the creation of Kurdistan is cheering for the expansion of Israel- There is no difference.

      That said, for the ordinary person who identifies as a Kurd, this has already been a raw deal and will get even worse- But, maybe, just maybe they will have a "country". Of some sort.

      The similarities and ties are so substantial they cannot be dismissed by engaging in logical fallacy attacks against my person here or at other sites.

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  3. Just an fyi for readers I did add two older posts in from 2012 regarding Kurdistan and it's oil aspirations including deals already made and a question about how the formation of Kurdistan might affect Saudi Arabia?

  4. Yes, the Kurdish question is a big deal. In the past, Kurds had been notorious for having incompatible groups and ideologies, so it will be particularly interesting to see how the PKK fits into this.

    So the US and Israel can lose a friend who has been losing his enthusiasm in Turkey and gain a huge friend in the Kurds. Not in NATO, but that is a plus as far as neocons and Israel are concerned. So Turkey is stuck. The EU and America are willing to betray her. If an official Kurdish state gets created in Iraq and an affiliated one in Northern Syria, things will get awkward for Ankara. So what will others do? Russia, Iran, Armenia, and KSA have some tough questions. Getting rid of ISIS will be the official reason for whatever happens, whether it be Kurdish recognition or something else. Theoretically speaking, Iran, Russia, and Armenia can be happy with lots of pressure brought to bear on Ankara. But the Kurds will not be independent in reality, so that is bad. Plenty of friends from Tel Aviv. But such is the nature of the world.

    If a Kurdish state and its curators actually push for the Kurds inside Turkey to gain independence or even just true autonomy, this could drive Turkey out of NATO and Western hands. Turks are quite nationalistic, and that is such a sensitive issue it could even lead to a civil war. Considering the rather brutal treatment minorities have received there in the not-too-distant past, it could get ugly.

    My guess is that things like the Yinon Plan are not really feasible in many or most details. A Greater Azerbaijan seems most unlikely. The Caspian doesn't seem to be playing out so well, and the Aliyevs have stolen and mismanaged the country into a ditch. Iran and Russia have held up well, so they cannot simply be pushed around, the way some thought. In other words, the maps in places like The Atlantic article on the "new" Middle East have been written from a Jewish wish list, not what we are likely to actually see.

    There could be a lot of good out of all this, though. A small Kurdistan that has quasi-legal status will drive Iran and Turkey against the US. It won't actually have the power that you see on the Yinon maps, where it was to be practically the size of Turkey. One could also argue that curing Ankara's Ottoman fetish is important. Turkey might even leave NATO and sign a neutrality deal with Russia. Turkey is pretty industrially advanced these days and its location is incredibly important. Driving them away would be quite a move.

    By the way, it seems that Republicans are more Kurd-friendly than Democrats these days. This would be relevant if the next President were to be a Republican.


    1. "By the way, it seems that Republicans are more Kurd-friendly than Democrats these days. This would be relevant if the next President were to be a Republican"

      Not being an American I hate to comment on domestic policies, but, internationally...??? According to an article contained in a 2012 post- Hillary made it clear to Turkey that the Kurds are a fact on the ground

      "US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, by the way, has already delivered the message to Ankara; even in a post-Assad Syria, this should be seen as a fact on the ground" in reference to some form of Kurdistan..

      So the fact that she's running for pres under the democratic 'side' tells me there is no difference in support for the Kurds- not anything meaningful anyway-

      I do acknowledge limited information due to being outside of the US

  5. Hillary frequently seems to have various Republican traits. Following the Israeli line being one of them. And then there are all those doubts about the Clintons and Bushes being one big happy family.

    Senator Paul recently called for a Kurdish state and some are saying almost all Republicans in the Senate are willing to back it if someone will lead things. Sounds like a campaign for the 2016 Presidential season.

    Not trying to ignore the establishment similarities, but there are a few differences between the parties, or at least some of the personalities. Obama has been rather unenthusiastic about all the wars. Just goes through the motions. Jeb and Hillary would be more aggressive about certain things or at least try to achieve things more quickly. Like a Kurdish state.


    1. Hi Paul!

      "Senator Paul recently called for a Kurdish state and some are saying almost all Republicans in the Senate are willing to back it if someone will lead things"

      Yah, I read that somewhere regarding Rand Paul....
      Might even be in one of the linked articles above?

  6. Hi Penny,

    As synchronicity would have it, the book I'm currently reading goes a long way to explaining the ancient ties between the Kurds, Kurdistan and the Jews, Israel and much more.

    From the Ashes of Angels: The Forbidden Legacy of a Forbidden Race by Andrew Collins.

    The book starts off with the story of the Watchers / Nephilim as given by Enoch, but the author then starts searching for clues as to historical evidence. This leads through various cultures from ante-deluvian, biblical, ancient, medieval, colonial and modern times, inlcuding first-hand European travellers accounts of Kurdish peoples in the late 19th Century.


    Sumeria, Accadia, Media (very important), Magis (also key). How bizarre (or not) that in our modern world, the media and magic are so intertwined. The author makes the case that the Watchers (often described as bird men / vultures etc.) were perhaps shamans, physically distinctive from other populations and more advanced (godlike).

    The Caucasus (including Kurdistan) is a possible location for the garden of Eden and perhaps even an earthly "heaven" as visited by Enoch. The area is also home to legends of Noah's ark. ** It is important to note that the Israelites and Jews assimilated many ancient traditions and legends from other peoples across the ancient world. This is also mentioned in the book and is of course critical to understanding current "Israeli" involvement in the region.

    The book highlights the divisions amongst Kurds into Yezidis, Yaresan and muslims.

    The Yezidis were in the news in the past couple of years. The book makes the case that they (and others) are quite literally torchbearers for the old religions of the Magi and Zoroastrians who were marginalised (but not destroyed) by the spread of Islam. The Armenian and Syrian (nestorian) Christians also have their own strong traditions, which I suspect is one reason why all of these minorities who survived over a millenium of islamic rule are being decimated by a few decades of anglo-zionist meddling.

    I was unfamiliar with the Yaresan, but the links to mithras, media, magis, zoroastrians, etc. are fascinating.


    I've only skimmed the surface of the topics covered, but the book does a wonderful job of linking what for me were still distinct cultures and religions. I think it also provides important clues as to the shadowy motives of historical events for decades, centuries and perhaps even millenia.

    Best wishes,

    1. Thanks Anthony-
      I will have to check out the youtube video and did look at the book briefly- busy days as we are in the middle of a home reno and we are do it your selfers and I am the 'wrecking crew' of 1- but I am using a hammer and two sizes of pry bars- dirty work- but in the end... a new bathroom will appear

    2. btw Anthony?..

      Synchronicity is a funny thing some times- I've noticed odd sync things happening- so it seems unsurprising that this topic is rolling around amongst a reader here