Back Off on the Kurds

(Bloomberg) Eli Lake - The reaction from Ankara, Baghdad and Tehran to the Kurdish self-determination referendum has been extreme. The U.S. publicly urged the Kurds not to go forward with the referendum, but now that it has happened, it's important to take a step back. This is not a declaration of independence but the beginning of a process of negotiating a separation. Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, the Washington representative of Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government, told me Wednesday: "The threats don't work against Kurds, and it's much better to engage in dialogue with us now." America needs to persuade its allies to simmer down.

2017-10-02 00:00:00

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