Saturday, October 28, 2017

Good Bye Barzani: The Ring To Rule Them All Was Not His To Hold

The ousting of Barzani was a big part of the PUK stand down at Kirkuk.
It may have been the only reason the PUK stood down- Never mind this rubbish about Iranian influence which plays right into the hands of Usrael!  Which is why I was very skeptical about too many claims the push for creating a Greater Kurdistan was over. 
What seemed more likely, in my opinion, was a propaganda push to create a raison d'etre for the desired Israel 2.0. By creating the idea of Kurdistan's imminent demise, manipulators could create a greater desire, a believed necessary"justice",  for politically convenient "victims". 
I discussed this phenomena most recently as it occurred in the election of  Donald Trump:  Trump's Presidency: A Dangerous Deception
The response to scarcity is, like the other weapons of influence, often a shortcut which usually pays dividends. And we are prompted to react because a missed opportunity is a loss of freedom.

Recall my recent two part post?

  Intra Kurdish divisions, and there are many, need to be stated and understood before one can comprehend the partner post, forthcoming.
 Are the divisions becoming clear yet? What went on in Kirkuk was/is a struggle for power/ broader control via resource/territorial control.  In the 2nd part of this post there will be relinks to previous reports covering the very subject of Intra Kurdish divisions- Yes, I've written about this all before.
 Common sense in life. In investing. And common sense in geopolitics.  Yet, I`m suddenly expected to believe that what occurred in Kirkuk, Iraq is a bellwether suggesting the failure of a Greater Kurdistan aka Israel 2.0. To believe that, unconditionally, would be folly on my part. Perhaps it is an indicator of that possibility?  But, most probably it is not!
 Bye Bye Barzani:

 Iraqi Kurdistan leader Barzani to hand over presidential powers
"Masoud Barzani, the long-time president of the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan Region, has said he would not seek another term beyond November 1, and outlined a plan to divide presidential powers between the regional parliament, government and judiciary, Reuters reports citing a Kurdish government official. Barzani’s term was to expire in four days time along with with the local parliament’s tenure"

Massoud ­Barzani, The Opportunist

TIME- Person of the Year Runner Up 2014
"Nazim Omar Dabbagh in an interview with IRNA on Saturday confirmed reports about end of Barzani term on November 1.
According to dispatches, Barzani is expected to release a statement on Sunday which is going to be read out in the region's parliament.
Iraqi Kurdish region parliament suspended the activities of Barzani and his deputies on Tuesday.
There are growing pressure upon Barzani and his team which are responsible for holding the illegal referendum in the Kurdish region on September 25."
 Now it's Flashback time :
The end of Barzani has been coming for a while. I read it in the tea leaves....
October 2015: PKK Challenges Barzani in Iraq- One ring to rule them all?
That post ended with this observation:
"It appears that the PKK is the 'unifying' force amongst the Kurds- I didn't say the agreed upon unifying force- Rather, the unifying FORCE, needed by NATO to create a Kurdish 'state'
Whether or not the Kurdish population itself really wants one." 

May 2016: Bye Bye Barzani. Hello, Israel 2.0 aka Kurdistan

"Recall my prediction that Barzani will likely be out of power by years end?
The news of Gorran leader coming back to Iraq, just a short time ago, made clear the end was near"
Admittedly I thought Barzani would be gone by now, I had given him till years end, 2016, or until early 2017. He's lasted longer then thought- But, his end time is drawing nearer.
As had been suggested in October 2015, by yours truly, the PKK was going to be the unifying force. Which is why Ocalan's banner flies high all over northern Syria- and many parts of Europe. Will Ocalan actually lead? Doubtful! 
But the US and Israel surely will. 
However, Ocalan has developed quite the cult of personality, making him an ideal figurehead to rally fanatical Kurdish followers .... Calling the situation as it appeared to me!

Enormous Flag of Ocalan Raised In Raqqa- Greater Kurdistan Dead?

Long term readers here know how much I despise the entire cult of personality concept.
Because it's intent is to manipulate

A rockin' 80's tune- Living Colour's: Cult of Personality

 Cult of Personality-

Look in my eyes, what do you see?
The cult of personality
I know your anger, I know your dreams
I've been everything you want to be
I'm the cult of personality
Like Mussolini and Kennedy
I'm the cult of personality
The cult of personality
The cult of personality
Neon lights, a Nobel Prize
Then a mirror speaks, the reflection lies
You don't have to follow me
Only you can set me free
I sell the things you need to be
I'm the smiling face on your T.V.
I'm the cult of personality
I exploit you still you love me
I tell you one and one makes three
I'm the cult of personality
Like Joseph Stalin and Gandhi
I'm the cult of personality
The cult of personality
The cult of personality
Neon lights a Nobel Prize
A leader speaks, that leader dies
You don't have to follow me
Only you can set you free
You gave me fortune
You gave me fame
You gave me power in your own god's name
I'm every person you need to be
Oh, I'm the cult of personality
I'm the cult of, I'm the cult of, I'm the cult of, I'm the cult of
I'm the cult of, I'm the cult of, I'm the cult of, I'm the cult of personality

From Earlier

"Zombie Law" Fines for Distracted Walking?


  1. Pen, do you see Barzani's loss of political office as connected with the Kurds withdrawal from Kirkuk?

    1. Mornin' james!

      Yes, I do see his loss of office connecting right back to the Kurdish stand down at Kirkuk.

      It was the PUK peshmerga that stood down- The American's had troops present and presented as an orderly exchange- Barzani lost face big time. He lost the perception of authority- He was shown to not have the full support of all the kurdish militias and their leaders-

      That was the end of Barzani's rule- which I had been expecting for a while now

    2. Thanks, Pen. That changes my understanding of what is going on. I thought it was Barzani's forces that occupied Kirkuk.

      Why did the PUK hand over Kirkuk to the Iraqi?

    3. hey james
      I can't say for sure why the PUK stood down.
      As in every single reason for it

      What I can say with certainty is there is lots and lots of infighting between the Kurds in Iraq- Struggles for power. Control. Influence.
      The stand down by the PUK was most probably more of the usual/same.

      Once the Kurds sort this out I expect they will challenge Iraqi government for Kirkuk and the USrael will stand behind their move.

      There are reports that the Canadian forces have withdrawn support for Iraqi forces.. as a response to their taking the oilfields from the Kurds..
      I'm going to try to find that news and leave a link

    4. Thanks for the reply, Pen. The various Kurdish groups have always reminded me of New York Mafia gangs.

      In spite of what I know about psychopathy, I still find myself looking for long term rationality in their behaviour when, of course, there is none.

      They may have long term goals but their short term behaviour very often works against these goals. How many times have the Kurds been shafted by the Anglo-Americans in the last hundred years or so? And it is going to happen again. But they can't see that.

      I'll now go and read your latest. Thanks for all your work, Pen