Time for U.S. to embrace Syria’s Kurds

Wait…you mean embrace the group that has been fighting for its existence for the past few hundred years that despises radical Islamists and Mullahs equally? By jove, I think someone has the right idea. Push for supporting groups that are actually FIGHTING against the evils of the region, rather than just giving the Mullahs whatever they want. Maybe a strategy like this will give us an advantage against Iran, as no one wants separatist groups being funded by the U.S. on their border.

Global Public Square

By Mutlu Civiroglu, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Mutlu Civiroglu is a Washington, DC based-journalist and Kurdish affairs analyst focusing on Syria and Turkey. You can follow him @mutludc. The views expressed are the writer’s own.

The United States has been searching for an ally in Syria since the uprising began in March 2011. But while the exiled opposition coalitions have been dogged by infighting and a lack of real influence inside Syria, and the armed opposition within the country is rife with extremists, Washington has been ignoring a natural and potentially valuable ally: the Kurds.

Kurds administer the most stable, peaceful corner of Syria, and have been open in trying to secure better relations with the West. Yet despite this, there is little to speak of in terms of ties. It is time for Washington to accept that if it wants to eventually see a peaceful, pluralistic Syria…

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