What happened, I wonder?
78% voter turnout. They are tallying results and expect them within 72hr.
92%. Wow, that is a “mandate.”
Meanwhile, the US president is yelling at football players, while Puerto Rico (someone tell him that’s part of the US?) is without power and thousands of people may die from a collapsing damn, Iran has resumed testing the ballistic missiles, and North Korea is engaging in nuclear provocation while standing in the shade of China. A decade ago, Iraq’s shattering into pieces would have been big news but nowadays it’s hardly a blip.
As an anti-nationalist, I suppose I think it’s good when countries fragment semi-peacefully; it helps establish the idea that a democratic process can be used to establish new borders. One of nationalism’s great lies is that borders are somehow sacrosanct.
Results worldwide are interesting. [rud]
The US State Department has said that despite being “deeply disappointed” by the Kurdish independence referendum, its relations with the Kurdish people “will not change.”
I read that as the US saying “we are going to continue doing whatever we want.”
The Iraqi parliament voted on Monday committing the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to deploy troops to the areas that came under the control of the Kurdish forces after the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.
The Iraqi army ran away from ISIS; they’ve been blooded since then, and now have some seasoned troops, but so does Kurdistan. Iraq’s military depends heavily on US air-power; if they call for air-strikes and the A-10s don’t come, they’ll know they’re in deep doo-doo. The US is going to pretend it’s not our problem, but actually it’s a problem entirely of our creation.