There's no question that secular dictators are "better" than Islamists, at least then, only the government controls the violence, rather than random violence against religious minorities on the street.
That is the 107,899th time I think we have said that on the site. There should be some kind of party to celebrate or something.
I'm sure order will be restored in the north soon, they are smaller and much more organized militarily than the rest of Iraq.
As for KRG apologists, the evolution I'm seeing is fascinating: From pro-anything but Arab Muslims and anti-Zowaa; to "sure there are problems here, but at least no Islamism"; to "Sure there's Islamism but let's hope the KDP regains control and punishes them". Because we've never had any problems with "nationalist" regimes, right? Of course, I'm being facetious, almost all of our problems since the Genocide have been from foreign nationalist regimes and parties.
We understand secular dictators are "better" than Islamic theocracies. I think everyone who isn't a Mullah agrees with that. But that was never the argument. The argument was to prepare for the inevitable violence and discrimination in the KRG, too, by supporting a minority based area in the Nineveh Plains instead of becoming so enamored and heavily dependent on the KDP. I believe this holds truer today than before. Think back a few years: would anyone have dreamed hundreds of young Kurdish men burning down Assyrian businesses, religious figures' homes, and cultural centers in the name of Islam? My answer would have been a serious "No way dude. Maybe in Mosul. Not Dohuk".
I'll be honest, when I read this story, I was surprised: when is the last time, since the Genocide, we've seen Kurds behave like this toward us? Especially since 2003, as the KRG boasts about its "security" and secularism? It's confusing at the least. I did not
expect religious-based violence (ever) from Kurds while the KDP still had authority there. But we're in communication with people Iraq now: Barzani has apparently pledged arrests, investigation, etc.
Personally, I think this was a way for the KDP to purge the KIU of any power or moral support, and our liquor businesses and Chinese wh*rehouses made a convenient outlet for that. (Ps - "Massage parlours" are code for wh*rehouses.)
Although I'm concerned that they attacked the Assyrian Cultural Club in Dohuk today. I'm assuming it's because they have parties which include alcohol and low party dress necklines