December 28th, 2005

Apollo 4 on column of fire

Knight-Ridder: 'Kurds in Iraqi army proclaim loyalty to militia'

Kurds in Iraqi army proclaim loyalty to militia
By Tom Lasseter
Knight Ridder Newspapers

KIRKUK, Iraq - Kurdish leaders have inserted more than 10,000 of their militia members into Iraqi army divisions in northern Iraq to lay the groundwork to swarm south, seize the oil-rich city of Kirkuk and possibly half of Mosul, Iraq's third-largest city, and secure the borders of an independent Kurdistan.

Five days of interviews with Kurdish leaders and troops in the region suggest that U.S. plans to bring unity to Iraq before withdrawing American troops by training and equipping a national army aren't gaining traction. Instead, some troops that are formally under U.S. and Iraqi national command are preparing to protect territory and ethnic and religious interests in the event of Iraq's fragmentation, which many of them think is inevitable.

The soldiers said that while they wore Iraqi army uniforms they still considered themselves members of the Peshmerga - the Kurdish militia - and were awaiting orders from Kurdish leaders to break ranks. Many said they wouldn't hesitate to kill their Iraqi army comrades, especially Arabs, if a fight for an independent Kurdistan erupted.…

Parolu pli laŭte!

We are in an overlap period that I'd like to see end

Something I wrote elsewhere (the context matters little):

My view in these matters is impenetrable to the Pope. Aborted fetuses are gone, and there is no 'God'. To believe that there is a 'God' is to believe that primitive religions have been evolving towards a 'Truth', which is empirically contradicted: religions are dragged, kicking and screaming, by the progress of scientific and engineering knowledge. Also it seems to be non-empirical ideologies (the quasi-religion of Nazism being the most notable example) that cause the worst abuses of science and technology. It is much, much simpler and reassuring (because it is consistent with experience) to conclude that all religions are creations of pre-scientific humankind, and that we are in a transition period in which primitive systems of belief and scientific systems of belief overlap.

(I think that if this were sufficiently widely realized then humankind would enter a lasting period of unprecedented peace and prosperity.)