Jim W. Dean – Iraq needs a civil war now like it needs a hole in the head. But the Balkanization of the country would be worse; so its decision, though an unpleasant one, will be simple…better and less costly to fight now than later.
Jim W. Dean – Iraq could find itself between a rock and a hard place on this Kurdish referendum provocation. If it is not a real call for secession, then the goal may be as a show of political force to renegotiate keeping a bigger share of their oil revenues.
Jim W. Dean – The Kurds are playing with fire with their resolution ploy. The deck is stacked against them as they cannot export their oil through countries around them that deem them a threat.
Iraqi Kurdistan region suffers deep social, political and economic problems and holding the referendum for independence now can provoke instability in the region.
As results are coming in on the Turkish Referendum that would give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan extended constitutional powers, the major cities in Turkey are reporting a lead in the No vote. ” ‘No’ has the lead in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, three major cities in Turkey in #TurkeyReferendum. ‘Yes’ is ahead countrywide,” according to TRTWorld.com on […]