We also don’t know if independence for them would mean peace in the future of Iraq or only if it would mean delayed, but much more potent hostilities later on. Furthermore, we don’t know if independence for them would help or further destabilize the entire region. I can’t answer any of these questions. I wish I could. All I can do is give you more questions to ask yourselves. I want to support the Kurds. Right now we have a few troubling reports, and a history that is concerning, but we also have a recent track record of upholding peace and stability when we needed it. They’ve been the people we needed at a time when we needed, both in the Iraq War and earlier this month and few really have gavin them credit for those efforts and achievements.
They’ve earned our respect, to say the least. I’m just sorry to say that I don’t know if, in the big picture question, their independence is the best thing for everyone. Fortunately, it isn’t up to us to decide, not by practice, or by right. I, like most of you, am just a bystander in this. It is up to the Kurds. What they wish to do with their destiny is in their hands. They have embraced the will to govern themselves freely and I think it is something that will, in the future as in the past, make them a great people. I’ll be watching and praying for their success and for the safety of all the good people in Iraq and beyond.