Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

July 12, 2014

A silver lining in the Iraq invasion

— If you were to travel to Iraqi Kurdistan (which is safer than most neighborhoods of U.S. cities) you will not only see U.S flags and framed pictures of George W. Bush, you’ll actually meet younger generation Kurds named “Bush.”

It’s their way to thank the United States, its military and the U.S. president that gave seven million Kurds their freedom from the iron hand of Sadaam’s psychopathic crime family. All signs show that the Kurds are beginning to prosper, live in peace, and — are you ready — are actually considering allowing workers to join labor unions. There are no death squads, no roadside bombs, no beheadings, no eye gouging, or stoning.

They have a representative form of government, emancipated women, scientific inquiry, and religious tolerance.True, there are reported incidents of corruption, cronyism and a handful of extremists in parts of Kurdistan — things that are alive and well in our 238 year old Republic. Still, good news. Now the bad news for some mainline Protestant denominations: Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani recently discussed strengthening relations with Israel and the possibility of opening a consulate in Erbil.

It wouldn’t surprise me if those mainline Christians tried to reconvene their national conventions to condemn Kurdistan and add it to their list of divestments for the crime of recognizing Israel. Others — myself included — will be welcoming Kurdistan to the list of civilized regions of the world.

This may be one — if not the only — silver lining in the Iraq invasion of 2003.

Sarah Sult

Bluefield

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